HAPPY NEW YEAR and may the river of justice flow throughout the World.
TRAIDCRAFT SALE Traidcraft are having a sale but don’t worry all their producers have been paid in full for the products. Please look on line at www.traidcraftshop.co.uk to see the range, let me know what you would like and I will order the goods for you.
WORRYING NEWS: MAKE OR BREAK TIME (continued part 5) I have no further news except that Traidcraft will continue trading for the foreseeable future.
PRODUCT FOCUS: BROWN AND WHITE RICE FROM MALAWI
This delicious African premium rice is brought to us by JTS a not-for-profit company working in partnership with NSFAM a smallholder rice farmers association. The rich alluvial soils in the Karonga region on the northern shores of Lake Malawi and the warm African sun produce the country’s favourite aromatic rice. The rice is grown by traditional cultivation methods which protect the environment and have sustained local communities for centuries. Farmers receive a fair and stable price for their rice, which means they can plan and invest in their businesses. In this way they can increase their incomes, provide greater food security for their communities and support and educate their families. Our purchases of this fairly traded rice means smallholder farmers can meet the growing global demand for food in ways which do not damage the environment and which protect and sustain agricultural communities across Africa. One farmer Abdul Piri comments: “At first I used rice seed that did not give my any profit. But then I joined NASFAM, our famers’ association. They gave me good advice and a guaranteed price. I had this wish to buy a plough and two cows to help me farm and I managed to get that dream. The money that we make pays for school fees and even the house we live in. My idea is to encourage all my children to study at school to a high level. I am saving some money to help them in the future. Please do try this lovely rice; I am sure you will not be disappointed. £3.35 for a kilo of brown or white.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY If you are unable to make any of the dates but wish to make purchases, please give me a call to arrange a mutually acceptable collection or deliver date.
January13th Traidcraft stall at 11.30am at the Jordan’s Quaker Meeting House
January 13th St Michaels in Amersham are holding a Traidcraft stall after their morning services.
January 13th Traidcraft will be in Church in Chalfont St Giles after the 10am service
January 27th Traidcraft will be in Church in Chalfont St Giles after the 10am service.
February 3rd Francois is running stalls after services at St Joseph’s in Gerrards Cross.
February 7th Fairtrade coffee morning in the Church Hall in Chalfont St Peter. A great place to share tea or coffee with friends (the homemade cakes are delicious) whilst browsing the Traidcraft stall and the Ecover stall run by Adrienne. Adrienne buys the products in bulk decanting into smaller reused bottles. A great place to reduce your plastic.
Traidcraft is available at Rendezvous in the Reading Room every Thursday in term time 11.30 to 3.30. Why not pop by for a cuppa and a slice of cake. Lunches also available.
Margaret Dykes 01 494 874511 firstname.lastname@example.org