As a non-profit retail store, HumanKind has a unique business model. Our mission is to provide vital fair income to artisans in the developing world by selling their Fair Trade products and telling their stories here in San Luis Obispo.
A volunteer Board of Directors provides guidance for the store. Together the Board oversees various aspects of the store including finance, personnel, marketing, and volunteer coordination, etc. The Board has gone through many changes in the past six years and continues to evolve.
The paid staff consists of a full-time manager, part-time sales associate, and part-time graphic designer. The manager does the buying, scheduling, merchandising, volunteer training, store design, marketing, and events.
Volunteers work in the store daily. We depend on dedicated, knowledgeable volunteers to educate the store’s patrons about the importance of Fair Trade and the work of HumanKind.