We purchase our organic cotton directly from over 2000 cooperative farmers in Nicaragua, making $400 prepayments each June for every 1000 lbs. of organic cotton we need for the following year. Our investments cover approximately half of the farmers’ annual cultivation costs. In December when the crop is harvested, Maggie’s pays the entire balance, at prices often higher than the established fair trade price. In this way we share our farmers’ risks, and we guarantee our customers a steady supply of great quality organic cotton. We have worked with these growers for many years through our NGO Jubilee House Community, helping to develop a special variety of cottonseed which is revitalizing both soils and an industry.Sharing risks and staying the course with cooperative farmers is what we call real fair trade. Summer 2016 Update: We are saddened to report that the Nicaraguan farmers, who we have worked with for over seven years to develop organic cotton, have lost their crops to unpredictable weather patterns due to climate change. Until we are able to develop a solution in Nicaragua, we are temporarily sourcing GOTS certified organic cotton from Pakistan. More information coming soon.