Author Archives: Fair Trade LA

Kishé Foods bringing Guatemalan coffee to LA and the US




Kishé Foods is a social enterprise founded and operated by their partner FECCEG, Federación Comercializadora de Café Especial de Guatemala.  This is a second level organization owned by small scale producers from the Guatemalan Western Highlands.  Kishé Foods will be launched in Los Angeles that will directly sell Fair Trade coffee into the US.

This system has the potential to return a significantly larger share of coffee revenue back to the coffee farmers who put in the work to grow and harvest the crop.

Come join us to hear about the Kishé brand, the coffee and the social impact that they have been doing and want to increase.

Date:                     Wednesday, August 19th

Time:                     6:00 to 8:00 pm

Place:                     Wine & Beer Store and Tasting Cellar, 3111 Glendale Blvd. Los Ángeles

Please confirm: Nidia Gómez at

Two Fair Trade Fellow Positions open in southern California


Are you passionate about Fair Trade and social justice? Do you want to gain hands-on experience supporting campaigns, developing leaders, building regional networks and executing digital communications strategies? If this sounds like you then read on to find out more about the Fair Trade Campaigns 2015-16 Fellowship Program!

Apply for a Fellowship here!

Fellowship Program structure:

Fair Trade Campaigns is hiring six Fellows to support our work advocating for Fair Trade in communities and on college campuses across the country. We’re looking for two passionate, skilled organizers in each of the following regions:Southern California, Mid-Atlantic and New England. Our fellowship program lasts 14 months from August 2015 to November 2016 and we offer a modest stipend. Our fellows can choose from two tracks based on their interest and experience, Fair Trade Communities or Fair Trade Colleges & Universities.

What are Fellows Responsible for?

In this role, you’ll have a chance to work side-by-side with organizers in communities and on campuses in a specific region to help grow the Fair Trade movement, and have a lot of fun in the process! In order to increase the impact and visibility of Fair Trade Campaigns, fellows in each region will oversee a Regional Leadership Team consisting of four other individuals. Fellows and Regional Leadership Teams will work closely together and will have access to training opportunities and resources including a leadership training in September 2015 and a regional gathering in spring 2016.


If you have any questions about the Fellowship Program or application process, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our National Organizers: Kylie Nealis, National Organizer Fair Trade Colleges & Universities – or Courtney Lang, National Organizer Fair Trade Communities –

A play about formerly marginalized girls on June 12th & 13th


Join us in seeing an upcoming play about formerly marginalized girls: Laal Batti Express (Red-Light Express)

The nonprofit Kranti (Revolution) educates and empowers trafficked girls, the daughters of sex workers, and otherwise socially marginalized girls to become agents of social change within their communities. By providing them with a healing home, formal and extracurricular education, leadership and job training, as well as the skills and confidence to solve social problems, Kranti enables the Revolutionaries to emerge as leaders and economic assets.
Change Through Theatre: In 2013, we Krantikaris wrote, directed, and performed a play about our lives. By sharing our stories, we wanted to raise awareness of sex workers’ lives and their daily struggles. It turns out our play was so awesome we were asked to perform it in over 50 venues in front of over 100K+ people! Our play helped change thousands of people’s mindsets about us, our moms, and our community. Now, we want to share our stories with the world!

Our Next Play: Laal Batti Express (Red-Light Express) is a three-segment depiction of our past, present and future – our mothers’ work, our childhoods in brothels and NGOs, the discrimination we’ve faced, the struggles we’ve overcome, and our hopes and dreams for the future.

June 12 Show 1:
June 13 Show 2:

Why We Travel: We can’t change the world without seeing it first! We grew up in Kamathipura, and the red-light area was our entire world. After coming to Kranti, we traveled for the first time in our lives; our world grew to include all of Mumbai and slowly India. Now, we want to expand our world beyond India. While traveling will broaden our worldviews, our personal stories will broaden our audiences’ worldview. We know that others need inspiration to make change too – this is why we’ll be bringing our community to theirs, through the magic of theatre!