Alternatives Global Marketplace was founded with the principle of ethical consumerism in mind. As a global fair trade organization, we are dedicated to selling ethically-sourced handmade goods from around the world that support local artisans and traditional craft as well as connect cultures. Not only do we hope to spread our passion for unique handmade and fair trade goods, but we also hope to help others gain a better understanding and appreciation of various global art traditions while providing our customers with some extradorinary items. In particular, our global marketplace provides an alternative to today’s obsession with throw-away fashion, mass produced products, and poor working conditions. We, instead, can take pride in quality, craft, and unique style of each piece, and we hope you will too! We also build partnerships with artisans, cooperatives, and fair trade organizations worldwide, so that the artist receives a fair return for their effort, and you in turn obtain a hand-crafted item of beauty and originality that is sure to be cherished. With the purchase of these items, you are supporting a process that brings dignity to a people’s struggle for economic independence. Enjoy shopping!
We are a member of the Fair Trade Federation. We make the deepest commitment to making positive change: socially, economically, and environmentally. We undergo rigorous screening and work with small farmers and artisans in holistic partnerships built on trust. These relationships go beyond ensuring fair wages and safe working conditions - they empower producers to strengthen their communities and grow their businesses sustainable.
Alisa Woofter - CEO
Alternatives Global Marketplace is owned and operated by Alisa Woofter. She is an avid traveler who loves to get off the beaten path and speaks several languages. Alisa served in the Peace Corps as a Micro-enterprise Consultant in a rural indigenous village in Bolivia from 2004-2006. She continues to work with the indigenous women weavers in their effort to preserve traditional weaving and gain economic independence. She earned a Masters degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida, where she specializes in development studies and handcrafts in Bolivia. Alisa has a good understanding of the challenges that artisans in developing countries face. She feels that she can most effectively make a difference connecting these artisans to first world markets and sharing her passion for culture and travel to those here in the US.