IMG_20160401_101903At St Saviour’s we have been involved with Fairtrade for over 15 years. It started with a few items for sale in our Cornerstone coffee shop, and a small table of goods put out every Sunday after our morning service. We are now one of Traidcraft’s biggest Fairtrade partners in the south-west. We promote Fairtrade by giving talks, assemblies, and encouraging others to take up the ideas of Fairtrade.

Fairtrade Café: Fridays 9–12 noon IMG_20160401_110844

Every Friday morning, 9–12 noon, 50 weeks of the year, we run a Fairtrade café in St Saviour’s Church. During the café we have a wide range of fairly traded food and craft for sale. We have been referred to as “a treasure trove of Fairtrade products”. We can be contacted by email: fairtrade@stsaviours.org

So why do we do it? Here is just one story of how Fairtrade has changed lives.

Joyce Chibouro from Kasinthula in Malawi

Joyce Chibouro from Kasinthula in Malawi

Thanks to the Fairtrade premium on sales of sugar, the two villages near Kasinthula Cane Growers Ltd already have a borehole, so now they don’t have to rely on water from the crocodile-infested Shire River.

Joyce and her family now have access to electricity for the first time: “The Fairtrade programme is doing good things here,” Joyce said. “The village where I live has one borehole and receives electricity. It is very exciting. We never believed this would be possible!” Sugar from Kasinthula is used in a range of Traidcraft products, such as Fair Break cookies and cakes.

He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8

 

FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT

Annually, during the last week of February and first week of March, Fairtrade Fortnight is an action-packed highlight of the year, when campaigners, businesses, schools and places of worship show their support for the farmers and workers who grow our food in developing countries.