More than 30 years ago, I visited a World Development Movement meeting and saw a film about the way multi-national companies operate around the world. It prompted me to start a Traidcraft stall at my church in Ruislip Manor.
In Chandler’s Ford, I assisted Louise before and now assist Janet with her Traidcraft stall at St. Boniface Church.
We can often feel helpless when we see such gross inequality between people around the world. Buying Fairtrade goods and campaigning for trade justice are two simple ways we can start to put things right.
Come along to St. Martin in the Wood Church on the 8th of March (Saturday) from 7pm to 9pm, and meet producer Dorothy Agard and enjoy a Fairtrade fashion show, refreshments and browse Fairtrade stalls.
Fairtrade Fortnight 2014
Fairtrade Fortnight this year (24 February – 9 March) has an aim to transform the banana industry, to Make Bananas Fair. Over the past 10 years, the typical price of a banana in the UK has nearly halved, but the cost of production has doubled.
You can read about the Fairtrade Fortnight – Stick With Foncho campaign – to make bananas fair.
In Chandler’s Ford, the Going Bananas Fairtrade Fashion Show and Craft Fair is run by Tricia Urquhart and Heather Dibb.
Meet Banana Farmer Dorothy Agard
Dorothy is a banana farmer from St. Lucia, one of the Windward Islands located in the Eastern Caribbean. She has been a banana farmer for 10 years and produces 75 cartons (2.4 tonnes) of bananas a week with the help of five full-time workers.
“Amongst the many benefits provided by Fairtrade I’m most thankful for the scholarship program made possible through the social premiums, it has enhanced the lives of many of our children; with Fairtrade our future looks brighter.”
By Dorothy H. Agard
Going Bananas Fairtrade Fashion Show and Craft Fair
Saturday 8th March 2014, 7pm to 9pm
St. Martin in the Wood Church: Queen’s Road, SO53 5AG