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It was the first time we joined “Fair Trade Festa” held on the hottest day, June 30th at Odori Park, Sapporo. What is fair trade? I will quote from the Fair Trade Organization: “Fair Trade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fair Trade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.”

Yes, by just buying fair trade goods you are contributing to people in developing countries. Whenever we go abroad we try to buy things this way. But this year we have one more objective. In Kenya we can support 70 elementary students a year with 70,000 yen. Our friend has a center in Thika in Kenya for street children and tries to support an elementary school where her children go. Until last year students of Shibetsu Junior High School supported this project by selling things that were produced by local mothers and fathers. This time we were helping a bit to sell Kenyan hand made goods in the festa. We could sell quite a lot, but it is still 1/3 of the money they require. We’ll be joining other festivals. Come along!



sales ladies


Written by asianneighbors

July 1, 2012 at 11:20 am

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