The One World Shop is a pioneering fair trade organisation. We're based in Scotland and have been sourcing and selling the very best in fairly traded products from around the world since 1983.
The shop exists to provide work and support to marginalised groups from all over the world. We are dedicated to ensuring that our producers are paid fairly, have good working conditions and are paid a social premium that is invested in their own communities, improving the living standards for many more. Fair trade is all about transforming lives and building a sustainable way of trading.
We sell a wide range of handmade crafts, jewellery, textiles, interior furnishings, furniture, toys, clothing, ceramics, handmade paper products, cards, books and foods; a lot of our products are also organic. We also support schools, faith communities and local businesses in adopting and promoting fair trade.
Our historically growing profits turned into an increasing loss after the 2008 credit crunch, which was then quickly followed by the infamous Edinburgh Tramworks. Access to the shop was made extremely difficult by a maze of fences and holes in the road, but thankfully after 6 years of disruption the trams are running. Our sales began to slowly increase and in 2013/14 we had an end of year net income of £76.
Any profits made are all put back into the business to help us make repeat orders with current suppliers and to build links with new producer groups. We would like to make sure that all of our staff are paid the living wage and hope that the success of the new shop will allow us to do this much sooner.
Help us keep One World Shop open
We need to raise at least £20,000 to cover the costs of refurbishing and refitting a new premises in Edinburgh. The site we are moving into was previously a community cafe and is in need of a lot of work before it is fit for purpose. The City of Edinburgh Methodist Church is situated in a beautiful old building, surrounded by a thriving multicultural community close to the Mosque, Edinburgh University and the Festival Theatre.
Our team are trying to get donations of building materials that we will need for the shop such as flooring, paint, plasterboard etc. The majority of the work and labour costs however, are unavoidable.
Please consider donating whatever you can afford to our campaign so that we can continue to support our producers in the global south.
Any funds received over the £20,000 target will go towards the refurbishment of the stock room and office; these costs are not currently included in the fundraising amount. The shelves in our current stock room were built in 1987 and now ready to be renewed.
Read a bit about the new premises on our blog: http://www.oneworldshop.co.uk/blog/2015/07/announcement-new-premises/
- Removal: £2,000
- Clearing new site: £1,500
- New wall: £1,350
- Ventilation: £700
- Flooring: £3,000
- Lighting and Electrics: £1,800
- Fixtures & fittings: £2,500
- Painting site: £1,400
- Certificates & warrants: £550
- Signage: £500
- Loss of sales while closed: £3,200+
- Marketing new shop: £1500
From our suppliers & producers
"Our producers are happier now, their children are going to school, they can purchase land and build their own homes and they can get electricity. Most homes have electricity now."Roushan Ara Begum, Action Bag Handicrafts in Saidpur
"We have had great opportunities to work with One World Shop as a fair trade organisation. We get regular orders from them which keep our marginalized women producers occupied with work and provide income earning opportunities. We get fair price from them, which makes it possible to support our producers. Due to our relationship, two members of our management team were invited to visit Scotland to promote fair trade and to share our experience as fair trade operation. Such visit created opportunities for our management team to understand various features of fair trade movement and to be dedicated to our producers.
Apart from business, our relation with One World Shop helped to generate funds for our school running for the benefit of the stone breakers' children. The fund helped to strengthen the school structure. Such positive support helped us to be more active to support marginalized communities.We are proud to be a trading partner of One World Shop and look forward to work together for many years to strengthen fair trade values globally."Milan, Get Paper Industries in Nepal
"One World Shop is one of our best customers and have encouraged and helped us for many years to buy from a wider range of fair trade sources abroad. Fair trade in the UK is often just associated with food products, and One World Shop's voice as a retailer of fair trade handicrafts is invaluable."Jeremy Piercy, Shared Earth
From our customers
"The Fairtrade stalls were a great success, parents/carers and children all helped out in some way. Helped raise awareness of Fairtrade issues and contributed to the success of our Green Flag award. Very helpful and friendly service from staff at One World Shop."Christine, Whiteinch Nursery
"I think it's safe to say that the growth of the Fair Trade movement has been one of the most striking retail phenomenons of the past ten years - shoppers suddenly taking an interest in where the products they buy come from, and demanding ethical guarantees about how workers are treated. The brand has become sufficiently mainstream now that every major supermarket seems to have developed its own brand of Fair Trade chocolate or coffee, with even multinational corporations like Nestlé jumping on the bandwagon.
It's easy to forget that it all started with pioneering independent stores such as the One World Shop at St John's, which is staffed by volunteers, and was one of the first dedicated Fair Trade shops to open, before the phrase had become a household name.
Today, it's still going strong and is a testament to how diverse the Fair Trade movement has become - you can buy almost anything here: as well as a good selection of coffee, chocolate and dried fruit, they sell handmade clothes, pots and pans, exquisite jewellery, books about ethical consumerism and even a range of shopping bags made from recycled juice cartons.
It's my favourite place in Edinburgh to buy gifts, not just because it's all Fair Trade, but also just because it's a shop filled with beautiful things around the world, proof that making ethical choices doesn't have to involve compromising on quality."Anne, Edinburgh
"We are proud to have been a community distributor for the shop for over twenty years and currently sell over £2000 worth of goods annually, including Sale or Return events. We look forward to a look continuing association and friendship for many years to come"Elaine, Edinburgh
"I love the One World Shop, it's hugely important to life in Edinburgh because we need a central place where people can find out about the positive impact of small farmers abroad. I think the One World Shop absolutely needs a home in Edinburgh so if we can support in any way then let's do that."Mara Menzies, Edinburgh
From our Volunteers
"Volunteering at the One World Shop was an inspiring experience and has encouraged me to rethink my worth and value contributing the world as a fairer place to live and work for all of us. My time was enriched with moments of great fun as the small shop became 'my world' in Edinburgh with its atmosphere filled with exotic scents, sounds and friendly smiles"Dalia, One World Shop Volunteer