Traidcraft Needs Your Help

October 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the foundation of Traidcraft.
Traidcraft was formed as a Christian response to fighting poverty and in their words…
Since we were founded in 1979, Traidcraft has lead the way in proving that fair trade could work professionally. This movement of radical, church-based individuals began by importing goods directly from artisans and growers and distributing them directly to shoppers in the UK, cutting out the middlemen. The team collaborated with the growers and artisans throughout the process, and over time getting to know their needs, dreams, and their ambition. They were all partners – working together to show trade could be different, and could be fair. Fair trade was no longer about aid; it was a collaborative process of learning and trading simultaneously.
From the church stalls and markets the original team sold through, to independent shops and a website, Traidcraft has continued to grow. In 1992, Traidcraft co-founded the Fairtrade Foundation, and helped establish the standards that underpin today’s well-recognised Fairtrade Mark. Traidcraft set up their sister charity – Traidcraft Exchange – in 1986, and the charity has since worked to make sure the UK Government rules against the worst extremes of corporate abuse. In 2013, the activism of the Traidcraft campaigns team resulted in the government setting up an official Supermarket Watchdog, complete with the legal power to fine the supermarkets who pressured their suppliers into unethical situations.
I have been involved with Traidcraft for over 15 years, initially as the youth group at All Saints at the time wanted to learn more about Fairtrade. As we approach this milestone year it would be fantastic if YOU could all help me help them make it an outstanding year. I am already extremely grateful to the members of this congregation and elsewhere who have supported me over the years but would urge anyone who doesn’t know what Traidcraft has to offer to come and have a look at the stall after a Sunday service, dates for which are elsewhere in this pew sheet.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and I look forward to talking to you soon.
Denise (07981 639649/01572 722729/fairtrade@oakhamteam.org.uk).