“How can you empower a community of oppressed and isolated individuals, provide viable employment that pays a living wage, preserve sacred cultural traditions, and build centers that meet the most basic needs for malnourished children?
THE ANSWER: Direct trade.” -Sam Frumkin
Here are the Basic Tenets of Direct Trade
We begin by doing a needs and skills assessment for the community in question. This planning includes a combination of focuses to address the most pressing needs within the community. Our program is than set to meet the people where they are, strengthening their position and working toward elevation generally along the lines of Maslow’s hierarchy, our focus being self actualization in its purest scene. Taking into consideration the current local skills and trades we commence with the teaching and job skills training programs, blended when ever possible with cultural or local skills that may not have a platform in the changing community. We recognize that micro finance alone dose not have the capacity to create opportunity for an unskilled, uneducated and immobilized demographic.
Through engaging the community with free education and skills programs Direct Trade helps create an environment where change of ones position within a community and elevation of values, ability, and aspirations become the new cultural operating norm for all individuals without regard to class, race, sex, culture, or situation.
Graduates of our Job/Skills programs will have the option to get involved with small highly paid runs of production and job placement opportunities in an effort to afford them the kick start they may need financially and experience in a real work environment. This helps qualify them for and afford them the tools necessary to find gainful employment or create their own small business.
Direct Trade uses the goods produced from the training programs as well as paid production to raise funds not only for the continuation of successive waves of class graduates but also to seed much needed social programs that would be beyond the current capacity of the community. These programs are outlined from the start of the initial needs assessment and the students and participants in training programs are aware that it is their efforts to improve themselves that are directly supporting the much needed community projects (such as Children’s Basic Needs and Community Refuge Centers).
The final step is the support from interested parties that purchase the direct trade goods. knowing that the most good possible is being committed with the gains from product sales and not just the celebration of paying (no less than just what is)-”Fair”-Trade wages, is a virtue and a conviction among Direct Trade supporters.
The Eden’s Rose Foundation hope’s to enable movements of communities and spirits through our Direct Trade efforts. Not sustainability but sustainable elevation