It’s fairtrade fortnight in the UK and Into Latin America’s Steph has been getting involved. Her arduous tasks involved taking part in a fashion show and drinking delicious coffee; all aimed at promoting fair-trade products and showing how fairtrade really can make a difference in the developing world.
March 8th’s events were tied into International women’s day with a fashion show of fairtrade clothes and a collection of other fairly traded products organized by Into Latin America friend, Louise Whitaker.
Louise Whitaker has been involved in Fairtrade for many years. Her latest project is helping womens groups in Peru and Bolivia by commissioning them to produce exquisite gloves, scarves and baby blankets made from Alpaca wool. The women knit at home when they have time between the daily demands of life looking after their children and land. Louise commented “this is connecting women across the globe through fairtrade, these women are highly skilled but live in remote areas, they do not have the means or knowledge to promote or sell their products themselves”. For more information contact whitakersenior@gmail.
Anoter participant was Jitzy of FEM (Fundacion Entre Mujeres) a women’s organisation in Nicaragua that produces fairtrade coffee. Jitzy was able to complete her accounting studies having received twice the amount for her fairtrade coffee than she would have earned otherwise. The organisation also produces wine, tea and medicinal plant products providing income and education and improving quality of life of many women. FEM was set up in 1995 with the aim of improving the life of women in rural areas where domestic violence is common and women have little or no rights at all.
South American gold has been sought after for centuries, long before the Spanish conquistadors arrived. Fairtrade and Fairmined certified gold, the world’s first independent ethical certification system for gold, will offer the guarantee of a product which has been responsibly mined. Fairtrade and Fairmined gold is exclusively available from artisanal and small scale mining organisations across Latin America. John Titcombe who works with ethical gold from Peru and has shops in Bristol and Cirencester.
At Into Latin America we are always looking for ways to work with communities in Latin America and support responsible travel. Have you tried shopping Fairtrade? It really can make a difference.