Forgotten Shirts was founded in 2009, built upon and inspired by one of the greatest unmet needs in places like Uganda and the Congo – good jobs for good people. The organization’s fair trade t-shirts give people the opportunity to provide for themselves and their families and escape from systemic poverty. The concept is simple, yet it’s already having a significant impact on these struggling areas of the world. Each fair trade t-shirt sold by Forgotten Shirts represents 74 minutes of employment for 3 people – a cotton farmer, a textile worker, and a screen printer.
The fair trade t-shirts from Forgotten Shirts are made in Uganda from organic fair trade cotton grown and harvested from within the country. They are fabulously comfortable, come in a variety of colors and styles and are sized for both men and women. Forgotten Shirts also provides the option of producing custom made fair trade t-shirts for organizations or events. These t-shirts offer those with purchasing power a practical means of shopping justly while offering producers a means of employment with greater possibilities.
Forgotten Shirts pays a fair and competitive price for their fair trade cotton which, in turn, helps to create well-paying job opportunities that allow producers to earn a living wage, support their families, reinvest in communities and maximize their potential. In addition, they partner with a non-profit program called Youth Enterprise—where each fair trade t-shirt is screen printed by hand. This program provides employment to urban youth and focuses on life and business skill training, leadership, academic support, mentoring and fellowship. As the Forgotten website so eloquently states, “Our products are unique. Our work transformational. And our invitation simple. Support the cause of the forgotten, both near and far, by joining a movement of conscious consumers who purchase our products and stand up for those who are often unable to stand up for themselves.”