The Fair Indigo Foundation

In addition to paying workers fair wages, we believe that the best way to help developing countries prosper is through education. As a result, we have established the Fair Indigo Foundation — a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving educational opportunities in the developing countries where our products are made.

Established in 2006, the Foundation is funded by donations and the support of Fair Indigo, which in addition to donating 5% of its profits, covers all administrative and fundraising costs for the Foundation. This ensures that every dollar donated goes directly to supporting two impoverished schools in Peru. If you would like to make a donation to the Fair Indigo Foundation, please click here.

The Manchay School

The Manchay School combats urban poverty by serving the children of families living in one of the poorest neighborhoods outside of the capital city of Lima - the desert hillside shantytown pictured above. Manchay School is supported by the local Rotary Club and we continue to work with local Rotarians whose efforts have resulted in noticeable improvements to the school including new windows and new bathroom facilities.

Our most recent donation was used to build a new classroom and to purchase equipment for a new computer lab. Donations of books and supplies in 2008 and 2010, along with books donated from various other groups, has grown into a beautiful library.

Approximately 350 students - a number that has increased by over 100 students in two years' time - attend class at the Manchay School and we are humbled by the gratitude of the teachers and students for the donations we give through the generous support of our customers.

Workers continued to expand the second floor of what was originally a single-level building at the Manchay school. The library, which is housed on the first floor, is a single room in pristine condition filled floor to ceiling with books on brightly colored shelves.

In 2014, renovations proceeded to include a second-floor computer lab and additional classrooms. A cement slab has been poured on the side of the building where the kids will be able to play organized sports like soccer and volleyball. When asked their favorite activities, the kids' most popular responses included studying and playing soccer.

The Serapis School

Serapis, an elementary school in the high Andes of northern Peru, serves rural children near Cajamarca. The Serapis school was founded by the family that helps us make our Joobles line of organic, fair trade stuffed animals.

With no running water or electricity, the school is nestled in the high Andean countryside and attended by 45 children ranging in age from 3-13 years. Before the opening of Serapis, children had to walk many miles down the mountain to attend school in the nearest town and, not surprisingly, attendance was spotty.

The opportunity to attend class close to home has made life much easier in this rural community. Breakfast and lunch are prepared daily by parent volunteers and again, not surprisingly, attendance has improved dramatically as families get directly involved in the "neighborhood" school.

The Fair Indigo Foundation supports the school by providing money for teachers’ salaries, school supplies and books for the classrooms, and funding for indoor bathroom facilities to replace the outdated and dilapidated outdoor ones.

Progress is being made for the small school of 45 students and 2 teachers in 2014. New, brightly-colored tables and chairs have been added to the dining room where the kids eat breakfast and lunch daily. Even more exciting, the Serapis School now has electricity and access to safe, clean drinking water - an undoubtedly huge improvement for this small, rural school.