The Fair Trade Nillumbik Project
Only Just came about as a result of the FTNP. The project clearly resonated with the people of Nillumbik/Banyule but there was a gap in the market. People said that they wanted to support Fair Trade but they didn’t have a local option for buying handicrafts and gifts. Back in 2009 there weren’t many online options and the closest Fair Trade shops were in the city; so Donna Parker, her husband Jon, and their two friends Rebecca and Mike decided to take a leap of faith and start up Only Just. The name Only Just was chosen because they wanted to sell only ‘just’ products.
Community-driven and Not-for-profit
Only Just is a registered not-for-profit organisation run by a board of passionate and skilled people. It has now been operating for over 8 years in the north eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Since the start of operation and thanks to the ongoing support of Southern Cross Community Church for the use of the shop in Montmorency, Only Just has donated over $55,000 back into aid and development projects through TEAR Australia and has funded several thousand dollars’ worth of micro credit loans through KIVA. The remainder of the profits enabled the opening of a second larger shop in Eltham in late 2015, which in turn allows Only Just to increase the stock we buy from our partners and support more producer groups from around the developing world.
Only Just Today
Fair Trade is more than just fair wages.
Oxfam has said that, for every dollar spent on aid, $2 is lost in trade due to unfair global trade rules; rules that benefit wealthy nations and drive poorer nations deeper into poverty. Fair Trade simply makes sense. When you pay someone adequately they can stay in their own country, they can feed and clothe their family and educate their children. These simple measures break the grinding cycle of poverty.
About Fair Trade
“Fair trade is a social movement whose stated goal is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and to promote sustainability.” (Source Wikipedia)
“Fair trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency, and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. Fair trade organizations, backed by consumers, are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising, and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional international trade.” (FINE – Association of the four main fair trade networks)
Fairtrade Certified products are identifiable through the Fairtrade Certification Mark
Fairtrade delivers a better deal for farmers and producers in the developing world through:
- A fair and stable price for their produce
- Security of long-term contracts
- Investment in local community development
- Improved working conditions
- Environmentally sustainable farming methods
- Support in gaining the knowledge and skills needed to operate successfully in the global economy
Email - email@example.com
Post - To the Manager, Only Just, Shop 6, 906 Main Road, Eltham 3095
In-store - Only Just, Eltham Village Shopping Centre, Eltham