The concept of fair trade is simple: producers in developing countries get paid a fair price for their goods.
Artisans du Monde is France's biggest fair trade organization. As well as selling fair trade products in 170 stores across the country, they also organize awareness-raising events and educational activities.
For almost a year, I volunteered on a full-time basis with the Bordeaux-based network. I worked in the store, making sure customers knew about the story and people behind the goods they were buying. I also helped run a range of events, such as fair trade taster sessions, a Christmas market, and a film screening and debate.