According to the World Bank, 736 million people live on less than $1.90 a day, most of them live in poor rural communities in developing nations around the world. Meanwhile, the wage gap between men and women remains huge. Women only earn 63% of what men earn.

Women often work informal, unpaid jobs, with less mobility and unequal representation in unions. In developing nations such as Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Mongolia, local artisans and producers, especially women often face inequality and exploitation first hand. They deal with unfair and manipulative trade practices, making them vulnerable to exploitation, illegal migration and other abusive situations that keep them trapped in the cycle of poverty.

As part of our mandate at Global Board of Global Ministries Asia Pacific Regional Office (GBGM APRO) to improve the lives of poor communities in developing countries in Asia Pacific, Fair Share Market addresses inequality and poverty among artisans and producers. We facilitate equitable, long-term and sustainable livelihood through training, financial support and assistance in marketing and selling of products to buyers worldwide while ensuring that producers and artisans get a fair share of the profit. We strongly value the ingenuity and unique tradition it takes to create these products as well as the stories of hope and dignity of each individual who will be impacted by this program.

We are part of the United Methodist Church (UMC) worldwide, whose members are actively engaged in social justice and poverty alleviation. With Fair Share Market’s online platform, supporters of UMC, whether it be a local church, district, annual conference or other agencies have a unique opportunity to engage in our work among vulnerable communities by purchasing products online while learning how their purchase is making an impact among individuals in our program.

Through Fair Share Market, producers and artisans can earn a fair wage and sustain themselves and their families- gaining access to nutritious meals, proper medical care, and education for their children; and finally, help their communities grow. This will help individuals provide sustainable income source in the long run and escape the cycle of poverty.