Fairtrade sale of Traidcraft food, craft and fashion items

“Fairtrade is a strategy for poverty alleviation and sustainable development. Its purpose is to create opportunities for producers and workers who have been economically disadvantaged or marginalized by the conventional trading system. If fair access to markets under better trade conditions would help them to overcome barriers to development, they can join Fairtrade.”

What is Traidcraft?

Traidcraft, a founder member of the Fairtrade Foundation, has been established since 1979 and helps hard working producers from poor communities around the world to work their way out of poverty. This is done by trading with them directly, supporting them with training and information, and by influencing the policy makers to pull down the barriers that stop the poor enjoying their fair share of world trade.

At High Street We sell food items regularly on the first Sunday of the month in church after the morning service. We can also take orders in person through the church office in Salem Hall on Thursdays between 9.30–12noon, or call 01933 278137 (answerphone available) or email wellingboroughurc@hotmail.com. Please request an order form.

Craft, fashion items, cards and stationery are available at the annual church bazaar and on other special occasions.

Please Note Prices on the Order Forms are for guidance only, up to date prices can be obtained on request.

You can also browse the on-line Traidcraft shop, to see the wider selection of goods available to buy. Please note we are unable to sell wines due to licensing laws.

Fairtrade helps Christian Aid!

As proposed last year, we have used the 10% profit made from our monthly Fairtrade sales and a percentage of the Harvest Festival collection to purchase something from the Chiristian Aid 'Present Aid' catalogue.

This came to a total of £79 with which we were able to purchase the following three gifts.

Bees for Bolivia

For farmers in Bolivia, bees are a lifeline.

With the money they make from selling honey, they can buy food and clothes.

Who would have thought that bees could be such a powerful force in the struggle against poverty?

Goats for Burundi

A herd of goats is a highly prized commodity in Burundi.

The goats form the basis of a 'goat bank'. Farmers join the bank and provide food and shelter for a goat..

When the goat has kids, one of the next generation is given back to the bank. The bank then passes the kid to the next farmer who joins the bank.

Goats produce milk to drink, kids to sell and their droppings help fertilise the land so that vegetables can be grown to feed families.

Wormery for India

A wormery could make a big difference to poor, marginalised women in India.

By turning waste organic material into rich fertiliser, a wormery can help to transform wasteland into productive soil.

With the crops that they tend, the women can feed their families. And any surplus produce can be sold at the market to provide a much-needed additional income.

Just think - £79 will go hardly anywhere for us in the UK - a tank of petrol, a meal out, a trip to the supermarket, a new outfit? Just imagine the life-changing effect these 'Present Aid' gifts will have!

Once again, thank you for your support of the Fairtrade stand each month.

We helped change lives!