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Fair Trade Festa フェアトレードフェスタ

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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!

札幌の一番暑い日、フェアトレードフェスタに初めて出店しました。フェアトレードとは?生産者や農民の自立を支援し、産地の環境や文化を尊重しながら持続可能な貿易を行います。適正価格で買い取り、健全な労働条件を確保して、生産者たちと対等な関係を創りだします。気に入った商品を買うだけで、私たちの暮らしと発展途上国の人々の暮らしがつながります。

今年は一つの課題を持っての挑戦でした。ケニアの小学校70人の1年分の給食材料費は7万円だそうです。友人がケニアのティカでストリートチルドレンの施設をやっていますが、そこの子どもたちが通う学校のサポートを、昨年までは標津中学校の生徒がモノを売ってやっていました。事情で、今はネイバーズが引き受け、お店を出しました。手作りで味わいのある品物は良く売れましたが、まだ全体の必要経費の三分の一くらいしか稼いでいません。今後もいろいろ出店していけたらなと思います。でも、ああ!疲れた。

sales ladies

Written by asianneighbors

July 1, 2012 at 11:20 am

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