The Trade plus AidŽ charitable trust donates funds to projects
designed to alleviate poverty in some of the world's poorest communities.
Charlotte di Vita started trading in 1992 in order to establish
ethical trading initiatives. These create fair employment and
training opportunities in less developed countries. In addition
these trading initiatives have allowed Charlotte to donate surplus
profits to fund development in Africa and Asia. To date, these
trading initiatives have enabled US$5,000,000 to be returned to producer
communities as payment for their handicrafts.
Trade plus Aid's funds
are received from trading partners. To date $369,500 has been
donated to fund development projects in Africa, Asia and South
From the outset,
all donations to the Trade plus AidŽ charitable trust have come
exclusively from Charlotte's own international ethical trading
initiatives. Trade plus AidŽ aims to remain self-sufficient, receiving
funds, not from the public, government nor aid programmes, but
through the promotion of ethical trade.
you would like to support Trade plus Aid's charitable work, please
consider purchasing enamels from the Charlotte
di Vita Collections or glass products and musical instruments
designed and produced by the Trade
plus AidŽ Design Studio.
In 1998, Charlotte was honoured with the M.B.E. in recognition of
her work with Trade plus Aid.