Fair Trade Buys Goats: A gift that keeps on giving

A background story to one of our best selling handicrafts items this year.


When is a goat worth more than a goat?

An odd question, perhaps, but for one group of women in South-Western China, the answer is empowering! CGV UK sells beautiful hand-embroidered decorations and gifts made by these women.

With the profits returned from Crossroads’ sales, they were able to purchase new goats. The goats give them three very valuable products. They use the milk to help nourish their families and provide a source of income. The goats produce baby goats which can be sold and, by their proliferation, spread the benefit to more people in their community. They also supply fertiliser which can be used on local farms, cutting the cost of purchased fertiliser as well as providing an organic solution!

Crossroads helped kick start this goat project when, from the benefits of fair trade, we could offer a ‘premium’ to fund new development.  With that initial support, they were able to purchase a new goat for 10 families. As they produce more, however, the project is ramping up to help 200 families. We love the multiplier effect of fair trade!

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