A daily living wage in rural Guatemala is approdximately 5.25. This wage enables the artisan / grower to pay for their basic expenses — food, home, education for the children and health care. This living wage is what is taken into consideration when purchasing and pricing fair trade products.
Many women in rural Guatemala earn only $4-$5 a week making handcrafts which is vastly different than a living wage. Education And More is changing that with the women’s groups we work with in giving them a fair wage — a living wage— for their products.
According to the Fair Trade Federation, 60% – 70% of the artisans providing fair trade crafts are women. These women are many times the head of the family or household and the only person making an income. Fair trade does make a difference.