Our Story

Fair Trade Downunder began as a desire to make a difference to the poor in our world – one at a time. The story of the boy who throws back the stranded starfish had an impact on my life when I heard it for the first time about 20 years ago. I realised that one person could make a difference to some of the world’s forgotten people – one by one.

With encouragement from my family and friends Fair Trade Downunder took its first steps and ran a Hands & Hearts afternoon – a Fair Trade shopping experience – in the home of a friend.

And from the very first day, we had the joy of knowing we were changing lives – one at a time.

We now bring Handcrafted Gift items from 12 countries. And every Hands & Hearts event has within it the power to reshape the world for a handful of families crushed by the despair of poverty.