May 6, 2016

World Fair Trade Day 2016 - 14th May

The Fair Trade movement likes to focus the world on Fair Trade throughout the world once a year - 14th May this year.  

Those of us running Fair & Ethical live Fair Trade every day of the year so that people on the street get the message every single day.

To align with the WFTO big day we are inviting our faithful customers and their friends to visit Mary & Martha on 14th - 15th May to learn more about our Fair & Ethical Business.

Read on to see what we are doing through the weekend of 14th - 15th May.


There is even more reasons to visit Mary and Martha -  a few weeks ago we opened a second shop on Peace Avenue (very near Cafe Amsterdam) focusing on Yak, Camel, and Cashmere clothing, shawls, scarves, hats and socks as well as silk scarves and felted silk scarves & shawls.

In our main branch we have introduced more (new) products and expanded the shop floor space.

Less than 5 minutes walk between shops and no crazy UB roads to cross. Come visit any day.

 

Jun 6, 2015

To Our Export Customers ...

Our latest downloadable Export Retail (Final Customer) Catalogue is available  HERE

For Wholesale Silver, Gold and Platinum Buyers email   HERE for a Catalogue.

May 15, 2015

Sad Loss to M+M and the Kempinski Customers


For nearly 5 years the Management and Staff of the Kempinski Khan Palace Hotel in UB have supported Fair Trade by allowing Mary & Martha to have a display cabinet in their lobby. This came about from the forward thinking of the German management who genuinely supported fair trade BUT also realised the value, commercially, since so many of their customers associated the Kempinski with the support of fair trade through Mary & Martha.

Unfortunately times are difficult in Mongolia and the Mongolian Owners of the Kempinski have seen a need to remove Mary & Martha so they can introduce their none fair trade approved products (socks) for sale. So sadly this is the end or a very good mutually beneficial relationship.

All is not lost - just 6 weeks ago Mary & Martha introduced fair trade socks to our shop in town - Camel, Yak and Cashmere - and the socks are just walking out of the shop!

May 14, 2015

Fair Trade Weekend Results

Well Supported is an Understatement!

People in Ulaanbaatar came out in force, bought well and donated well towards rebuilding Nepal.  Sales were really encouraging as were comments about service and product quality.

The fund raising result was USD 1,300 for Nepal.  A big thank you to everyone who took part.  The fair trade theme was "Be an Agent for Change". It was aimed at supporting the fair trade supply chain ensuring everyone in the chain can achieve a living wage whilst the customer receives quality products at reasonable prices.  BUT through the donations you are all Agents for Change in the lives of people in Nepal who are suffering so much at this time.

Challenges for Mary & Martha!

As governmental decisions are made about making Ulaanbaatar pavements more accessible once more, we are also trying to comply.  The initial move by authorities is to try to remove all extensions build since 2007 that affect pavements - our front shop steps are guilty as charged BUT we hope that the guilt of 2 steps does not lead to the loss of the full extension.  If the walls do come down, it will happen in our busiest time of year and could obliterate any change of a profitable / sustainable year for Mary & Martha - so we really hope authorities will be reasonable.

May 8, 2015

Fantastic First Day ...

Mary & Martha's special Agent for Change.

Tugsuu is the greatest person to welcome people to our shop and to promote Fair trade with its special relationship with our artisans ... and all the staff are right up there with her.


May 7, 2015

World Fair Trade Weekend @ Mary & Martha is HERE

We're ready - are you ready?

We have a double bill working over 3 days, so no one has to miss out - 8-10 May Friday - Sunday.  Check out our location tab for directions.

If you are a foreigner or native to Mongolia you are probably an Agent for Change - working hard to make Mongolia a fantastic place to be.


Mary & Martha is playing its own small role changing lives by nurturing start up businesses run by Mongolians and ethnic Kazakhs.  Some brand new, some who have been with us on the journey for 8 years now.  Our Ethical & Fair chain lifts people's lives and delivers high quality products for every budget.  We all get a fair return on our labours and our customers are able to buy unique products at a fair price.

We have many new product lines this year and our staff are keen to introduce them to you.  


We also have our in house calligrapher waiting to paint your name in traditional Mongolian script.

BUT to a more sombre note.  The earthquake disaster in Nepal is at the forefront of our thoughts we we want to do our bit to support the disaster relief and rebuilding ... so 10% of all sales this weekend will go straight to Nepal together with a matched donation from the owners of Mary & Martha.  the more you buy the more we can give.

Mary & Martha Mongolia is still the only organisation in Mongolia (actually Central Asia) that is a registered member of the World Fair trade Organisation  WFTO and also members of Unashamedly Ethical   UE.