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The Family Tree is committed to Fair Trade, sourcing products from over 30 social and environmental initiatives, including crafts cooperatives, womens groups, ethnic minorities and artisans with special needs.

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  • Inspiring stories from destinations
  • Our Roots Premruethai (Dtor) was born in Sri Saket, NE Thailand. She is native Kuy, an ethnic group living on the Thai-Cambodian border. Kuy people have a distinct culture, language, arts and crafts. From childhood, Premruethai was surrounded by silk, artisans, festivals and the friendly warmth of rural Thai life. Premruethai loves her roots and has worked for years to support social, cultural and environmental work in her village. She works closely with a network of Buddhist Monks and laypeople who are striving towards a green and good Thailand. Peter was born in England. He has lived in Thailand for 12 years, inspired by Thailands culture, colour and diversity. Peter has been an English teacher, Responsible Travel Coordinator for Intrepid Travel and worked with Thai colleagues to establish the Thailand Community Based Tourism Institute , which works alongside Thai communities to set up cultural exchange programs to share local Thai life and culture with visitors.
  • Worked with women in my village to establish Tae Moh Hai: Natural dying, cutting, stitching. Youth work with local Temple The seeds of the Family Tree were planted in 2006 This was a great time, but it was difficult to build a sustainable, social enterprise based on one main product (natural dyed silk), with limited production We were too far from markets to learn what people needed and wanted easily .
  • We are proud to celebrate and support 40 + inspiring social, culturalWe are proud to celebrate and support 40 + inspiring social, culturalWe are proud to celebrate and support 40 + inspiring social, culturalWe are proud to celebrate and support 40 + inspiring social, cultural & environmental initiatives around Thailand:& environmental initiatives around Thailand:& environmental initiatives around Thailand:& environmental initiatives around Thailand: Local community, arts and crafts groupsLocal community, arts and crafts groupsLocal community, arts and crafts groupsLocal community, arts and crafts groups Green, environmentGreen, environmentGreen, environmentGreen, environment----friendly products;friendly products;friendly products;friendly products; Exceptional , independent artisansExceptional , independent artisansExceptional , independent artisansExceptional , independent artisans 20112011
  • @Hua Hin Prachuab Khirikhan Thailand Hua Hin is a charming, 4-5 star, family-friendly beach destination. Visitors stay in comfortable resorts for 1-2 week holidays. We wondered how receptive these kinds of tourists would be to a Responsible Tourism / Fair Trade message? We opened The Family Tree in the heart of Hua Hins tourist center offering authentic, meaningful, Thai arts & crafts, and sharing inspiring stories of Thai artisans and social and environmental initiatives opening a new market space to support great work across Thailand.
  • Our partners storiesOur partners storiesOur partners storiesOur partners stories Thailands No 1 masterThailands No 1 masterThailands No 1 masterThailands No 1 master of naturalof naturalof naturalof natural----dyed silkdyed silkdyed silkdyed silk Learned from mother inLearned from mother inLearned from mother inLearned from mother in lawlawlawlaw ---- established womensestablished womensestablished womensestablished womens group in her villagegroup in her villagegroup in her villagegroup in her village Awarded by the QueenAwarded by the QueenAwarded by the QueenAwarded by the Queen Groups of artisans withGroups of artisans withGroups of artisans withGroups of artisans with HIVHIVHIVHIV----AIDSAIDSAIDSAIDS Make jewelry fromMake jewelry fromMake jewelry fromMake jewelry from disused coconut shellsdisused coconut shellsdisused coconut shellsdisused coconut shells Earn income, sense ofEarn income, sense ofEarn income, sense ofEarn income, sense of community, not lonelycommunity, not lonelycommunity, not lonelycommunity, not lonely Rural communityRural communityRural communityRural community group who love traditionalgroup who love traditionalgroup who love traditionalgroup who love traditional N.E. Thai arts and wantN.E. Thai arts and wantN.E. Thai arts and wantN.E. Thai arts and want to keep them aliveto keep them aliveto keep them aliveto keep them alive Several artists workSeveral artists workSeveral artists workSeveral artists work together on one canvass!together on one canvass!together on one canvass!together on one canvass! Their ancestors wereTheir ancestors wereTheir ancestors wereTheir ancestors were Masters swordMasters swordMasters swordMasters sword----smithssmithssmithssmiths in ancient Siamin ancient Siamin ancient Siamin ancient Siam Now using these skillsNow using these skillsNow using these skillsNow using these skills to make suburb cutleryto make suburb cutleryto make suburb cutleryto make suburb cutlery
  • Photos (real people we know), posters, pamphlets,Photos (real people we know), posters, pamphlets,Photos (real people we know), posters, pamphlets,Photos (real people we know), posters, pamphlets, postpostpostpost----card, tags, poems, see how its madeby whocard, tags, poems, see how its madeby whocard, tags, poems, see how its madeby whocard, tags, poems, see how its madeby who PresentationPresentationPresentationPresentation
  • EquipmentEquipmentEquipmentEquipment Show real equipment,Show real equipment,Show real equipment,Show real equipment, Or at least photos which showOr at least photos which showOr at least photos which showOr at least photos which show how products are made / recycledhow products are made / recycledhow products are made / recycledhow products are made / recycled
  • InteractiveInteractiveInteractiveInteractive & educational& educational& educational& educational
  • Click hereClick hereClick hereClick here ---- KaenKaenKaenKaen SchoolSchoolSchoolSchool All shopped out? A smile, a seat and good InformationAll shopped out? A smile, a seat and good InformationAll shopped out? A smile, a seat and good InformationAll shopped out? A smile, a seat and good Information Equipped for Children and Husbands ;Equipped for Children and Husbands ;Equipped for Children and Husbands ;Equipped for Children and Husbands ;----))))
  • Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. Fair Trade contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers especially in the South." (WFTO, November 2009) Why Fair Trade? The Family Tree wants to benefit the artisans who make our products, our customers, our country, the environment and our family. www.wfto.com The Family Tree are for Fair Trade because this movement respects and values producers and customers as people, working together towards a better life and a better world. This is a meaningful goal. The Family Tree is operated according to the principles of Fair Trade 10 Principles of Fair Trade
  • The 10 Principles of Fair Tradefor us 1. Creating opportunities for economically disadvantaged producers 100% of our products are made in Thailand. At least 90% of our products are sourced from community groups, social and environmental initiatives and rural artisans. 2. Transparency and accountability Keystone pricing: Artisans receive av. 50% of retail price = over 3,000,000 THB (US$100K) since 2011 Remaining income covers shop rent (expensive area), staff salaries, utility bills, marketing, taxes, etc. We are aiming for a 5-10% gross profit. We provide high-quality information about our artisan partners to our customers. 3. Fair Trading Practices Mutual respect, payment on time / in advance on request. We dont copy designs. 4. Payment of a fair price Consult with producers. Accept their prices and test the market. Never push. 5. No child labour We always ask if children are employed and do not buy from businesses using child labour. However, we do support children learning / practicing arts and crafts, for short periods of time (1-2 hrs per day), in safe conditions, supervised by responsible adults.
  • 6 No-discrimination, gender equality, freedom of association Managed by Premruethai, with 2 female staff and one male staff (Peter). Sourcing and special promotions of goods made by womens and community groups. 7 Ensuring good working conditions Always ask about conditions. Visit our regular suppliers to assess for ourselves. 8 Providing capacity building We motivate and educate our team about fair trade and environmental issues; Training for womens group in Sri Saket: dying, cutting stitching since 2006; Discuss / share feedback with our suppliers regularly. Join Thai Fair Trade events; We are a new business, and during the first 2 years, we needed to concentrate on making the shop work. We will implement more training on the ground in the future. 9 Promoting Fair Trade Website, Facebook, face to face in the shop, here and now with this award! 10 Respect for the environment Minimum contributions to social and environmental work are budgeted fixed costs ; Many products from recycled materials: paper, plastic,