IMG_20160401_101903At St. Saviours we have been involved with fair trade for over 10 years. It started with a few items for sale in our Coffee shop, and a small table of goods put out every Sunday after our morning service. We now are one of Traidcraft’s biggest fair trade partners in the south west. We promote Fair Trade by giving talks, assemblies, and encouraging others to take up the ideas of fair trade.

(There is also a new English Conversation Cafe starting at Fairtrade Cafe every Friday morning. Just come along and practise your conversation skills with others over a cup of coffee. There will be an English teacher on hand to help you.)

Fairtrade Café: Fridays 9-12 noon IMG_20160401_110844

Every Friday morning,  9 -12 noon, 50 weeks of the year, we run a Fair Trade café. We are located at St. Saviour’s Church.  During the café we have a wide range of fair traded items for sale. Lin Patterson one of our local elected councillors says that we are “a treasure trove of fair trade products “. We can also be contacted by email:  fairtrade[at]stsaviours.org

So why do we do it? Here is just one story of how fair trade 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 fair trade 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, including Geobars, FairBreak cookies, mini eggs 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