Fair trade seeks to transform the lives of poor producers in the developing world by enabling them to use their skills and resources to trade their way out of poverty.

A range of food items is on sale after the 11.00am service, and items from the Traidcraft website can also be ordered. Think Traidcraft when you are buying presents or restocking your home or your wardrobe - you won't be disappointed, and you will know you are helping one of the producers to earn a living.

 

July 2017

Sales last month totalled £641 helped by £35 at the Christian Aid lunch, £61 at Oxfam's Jazz Breakfast, £196 at the Great Longstone Flower Festival and £9 at the Methodist Coffee Morning.

Some readers may remember that, 7 years ago, I was lucky enough to win a trip to Chile to visit some of Traidcraft's producer groups.  The most memorable was Apicoop which is now celebrating its 20th birthday.  Chino Henriques was so keen to help his disadvantaged neighbours that he mortgaged his home to provide funds to set up a co-operative for local bee keepers.  The idea was to help them earn a living, educate their children and support their families.  Apicoop started with 40 bee keepers, producing 150 tons of honey a year, and a tiny processing plant in need of repair.

Now there are 350 members providing more than 10 times as much honey, and Apicoop is the third largest honey producer in Chile.  Traidcraft also helped them to diversify into growing blueberries and Angela and I were there to witness the first harvest.  These are also flourishing and being exported as well as being included in geobars and muesli.

This was the most memorable and inspiring group we encountered and we enjoy our honey and muesli with renewed pleasure as we remember the folk we met.  If you haven't yet tried Apicoop's honey and Traidcraft's muesli you are missing a treat.

                 Peter Bird (pabird@gmail.com, 01629 813087)