ME to WE makes it easy for you to make a difference in your community and around the world through your everyday shopping choices. While our online shop is on pause at the moment to allow us to focus on the needs of the artisans and communities we partner with, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still so many ways you can join us to help change lives. And we’ll be continually adding more ways you can make an impact and support our partner communities—sign up for our email updates below to stay in the loop!
It all starts with partnering with communities to identify their strengths and assets, whether that’s a local artisan craft or a speciality crop such as cacao. We work with them to create ethically sourced and sustainable products, and connect them to a global market. In addition, we reinvest back into the countries and communities where these products are sourced, establishing financial literacy programs, small business training and education. This is the final “loop”: ensuring that the farmers and artisans are set up for future success.
Our award-winning chocolate is handcrafted with Fairtrade-certified cacao. What makes it really delicious is that it empowers cacao farmers in Ecuador and gives back to their families and communities by providing access to education.
Also available at independent retailers across Canada and the U.S.
Our premium-grade coffee is sourced from Fairtrade cooperatives in Kenya, Ethiopia and Nicaragua, ensuring an ethical, transparent supply chain. In Kenya, we work with co-ops that provide women with access to free-hold farming land, and agricultural and financial literacy training.
Our coffee is available for offices through Van Houtte Coffee Services
Each bracelet is handmade by a woman in Kenya or Ecuador using artisanal skills passed down through generations. This helps her earn a sustainable income—allowing her to support her family, build savings, start small businesses and plan for the future.
Be part of their story of transformation. Shop our bracelets in a variety of boutiques, speciality and department stores across North America.
Whether she’s getting her kids off to school, running her small business, beading handmade bracelets or organizing football games with local women, Mama Rose does a lot in a day. Watch the video to find out how becoming a ME to WE Artisan gave her financial independence, and with it, time and choice—giving her the chance to live out a lifelong dream.
One of ME to WE's first artisans, Lorna Saoei Pulei, Mama Toti to friends and family, was also one of the most industrious. A single mother of four, she turned her stunning beadwork into a thriving goat business that enabled her to build her own home and send her kids to school. Along the way she became a mentor and role model for other women. Read her story here.
A resident of Los Rios, in rural Ecuador, Alexandra Muñoz works multiple jobs to put her children through school, including crafting handmade bracelets that celebrate the Kichwa culture. With a sixth sense for business, she helped establish a ME to WE Artisan group, enabling the women in her community to gain access to financial literacy training and ensuring she and her family have a sustainable income. Read her story here.
As a Kipsigis woman without any previous beading experience, Judy Cheborkei hadn’t expected this would be how she’d finance her daughters’ education. But when ME to WE Artisans launched to help provide economic opportunity to women she gave it a try. Before long, she was earning a steady income for her work, giving her the means to send her daughters to school and invest in her family’s future, such as expanding the farm. Read her story here.
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