3. Rich societes

The best way to help poor countries


The most effective philanthropy is to do something in order that philanthropy no longer needed.

The best way to support people in poor countries is to buy there.

Buying is better than sending stuff, sending money, giving loans, investing because in supported countries:

  • It activates entrepreneurship, which results in economic growth that brings about prosperity,
  • Increases the demand for employees,
  • Allows to maintain dignity,
  • Does not fix the attitude “I’ll be poorer, the more I’ll get”,
  • Earned money can be spent exactly as needed,
  • Does not make any commitments in the future.

So buy in poor countries, even if we do not really need anything or even if we can buy it somewhere else.

If you intend to donate something, it is better not to give anything away for free, but there buy a product or service, even for the local community.

Fair Trade

Several organizations have made the next step at the end of the last century: they not only promote the purchase of goods in poor countries, but also ensure that workers are not exploited. Companies and products marked with the Fair Trade brand also meet different criteria, for example, some of the profits are spent on raising the standard of living of the local community.

The Fair Trade movement marks the best way to lift poor societies out of poverty because:

  • There are so many people living in poverty that it is practically impossible to subsidize them all in a clearly perceptible way. The only way to bring poor societies to an acceptable level of development is by activating their economies.
  • The most effective way to boost the economy is to increase demand. Where there is demand there is capital and entrepreneurship.

The “Fair Trade” brand is, however, little recognizable to consumers. So ask for Fair Trade products in stores – let sellers become interested in it!

Have you found a product with a Fair Trade mark? – Share this information – a map of stores

Main Fair Trade certification marks

Fair Trade certification organizationCertificate
List of certificate holders
World Fair Trade OrganizationWFTOhttp://wfto.com/find-supplier
Fairtrade InternationalFairtradehttps://www.fairtrade.net/about-fairtrade/finder.html
Fairtrade USAFair_Trade_Certified USAhttps://fairtradeusa.org/products-partners
Naturland FairNaturlandhttp://www.naturland.de/en/processors/naturland-partners.html
Fair for lifeFFLhttp://www.fairforlife.org/pmws/indexDOM.php?client_id=fairforlife&page_id=certified&lang_iso639=en
Fair Flowers Fair PlantsFFPhttp://fairflowersfairplants.com/nl/growers/
Fair Trade in TourismFair Trade Tourismhttp://www.fairtrade.travel/Members/
Bio Partenairebio partenairehttp://www.biopartenaire.com/produits-labelises/alimentation/
Small Producers’ SymbolSPPproducers, traders

Be an activist

However, to eliminate the causes of poverty of countries, you must act on their behalf.

Read on…


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