At Momentum you will discover a world of meaningful things specifically chosen to satisfy your personal style and social conscience. Whether you are searching for home furnishings or handbags, bath products or baby gifts, Momentum offers a unique array of fairly traded products. Every item Momentum carries is crafted by the human hand, tells a story and provides employment opportunities for artisan groups around the world.
Our everyday purchases have the power to create lasting social change. This belief underlies Kevin and Jenny's commitment to fair wages, environmental ethics and socially responsible business practices (ensuring no child labor and no slave labor). Momentum exists as a business to create and inspire social change by providing socially responsible choices to everyday purchases.
Momentum envisions a world where businesses promote economic, social and environmental justice and where engaged communities support these efforts. By integrating social and environmentally sound values into their daily practices, they are demonstrating that business can be a vehicle for social change.
While conducting research in Nepal for the Asian Foundation’s sex-trafficking prevention program, Jenny dreamed of providing low-income women with employment opportunities and access to Western markets through the promotion of Fair Trade practices. During her time working and studying overseas, she recognized how Fair Trade could be a tool for creating social change all over the world. Jenny later attended the Brattleboro, VT based School for International Training, where she studied socially responsible business practices. Jenny, along with her husband Kevin, is putting her experience and knowledge into practice at Momentum.
Kevin spent years working in international development, and holds a Master’s Degree in sustainable development from the Brattleboro, VT based School for International Training. Kevin believes that one of the most effective approaches to creating lasting change in the developing world is to promote Fair Trade practices.
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What is Fair Trade?
Fair Trade is a sustainable business model based on internationally recognized equitable trading standards which place people and sustainability at the heart of every business decision.
Why Fair Trade?
Fair Trade practices are essential for building economically sustainable and culturally vibrant communities. Global trade can promote intercultural understanding, grassroots development, cultural preservation and economic justice.
-Guarantees producers a living wage for their work
-Builds long term relationships between producers and buyers
-Engages in environmentally sustainable practices
-Empowers women and provides equal employment opportunities for all, especially the most disadvantaged
-Provides healthy and safe working conditions
-Ensures transparency and accountability