Fair Anita is a fair trade company that works with 8,000+ talented women around the world. The Minnesota-based team designs jewelry and accessories that are made by artisans who use recycled and upcycled materials. Fair Anita's mission is investing in women. Artisans earn 2-4 times the minimum wage in their country, as well as health insurance and education stipends for their children.
They are named after a social worker in Chimbote, Peru, Senora Anita. True agency can positively affect one’s mental health, well-being, and identity-formation. After first experiencing rape as a senior in high school, Joy, the Fair Anita founder, knew she needed to impact the lives of fellow survivors in order to reclaim some of her own personal agency. After learning in 2009 that Peru had the highest reported rate of domestic violence in the world, she was able to work and live alongside a group of incredibly talented local women in Chimbote, Peru to build a battered women’s shelter. It was through this experience that she met Anita, and they formed what has become a life-long friendship and partnership.