After the factory disaster in Dhaka earlier this year, we’re all a little more aware of the grim conditions faced by workers in developing countries. Not only that, but people are often paid next to nothing for their labour, thanks to powerful price control from the West, so they remain trapped in poverty and unable to support their families. A decent standard of living is little more than a dream.
‘Fairtrade’ is all about ensuring better wages and working conditions for farmers and workers in the developing world. If a product bears the Fairtrade logo, you know the producers are paid a decent price for their products and labour. This helps to fight poverty and give people more control over their own lives.
There are over 3,000 Fairtrade-certified products on sale in the UK – and quite a few of them find their way into St Luke’s on a Sunday morning, via our Traidcraft stall. Open every week after the 11am service, you can pick up basic groceries such as rice, pasta, sugar, cereal, dried fruit and chocolatey treats. Do check out the Traidcraft stall next time you join us and get into the habit of picking up your groceries there.
With Christmas fast approaching, now’s the time to check out the selection of gifts, advent calendars, cards and wrapping paper. You can browse a catalogue or look online at www.traidcraftshop.co.uk, then place an order with Rachel Blackamore and collect your items at church (saving on postage and packing costs). The final deadline for Christmas orders is Sunday 8 December.
Rosie Sheldon, who currently oversees the stall, would also like to hear from extra volunteers to run it. “It’s designed to be easy, and people quickly pick up the ropes,” says Rosie. “So if you’d like to join the rota, please let me know.”