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Events Fairtrade Fortnight

Thanks to you all for supporting Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 was a great success. Sincere thanks to everyone who played their part in helping to ensure that Fairtrade grows in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

Shoppers, cake bakers, cake eaters, speakers, teachers, facility managers, States Deputies, media friends, shopkeepers, vicars, jewellers, cafe owners, hotels, restaurants, snack box users, church stall organisers, GeoBar eaters, coffee drinkers, tea drinkers, sweet sugar users, wedding planners, event organisers, tuck shop stockers………………………. THANK YOU…….and keep up the good work!

Products Supporters

DOING BUSINESS DIFFERENTLY – Meet the brands…..

MEET THE BRANDS DOING BUSINESS DIFFERENTLY
Some companies were created to make trade fairer. Meet the brands that are pioneering innovation in Fairtrade.
It’s not just business as usual, these companies have created their entire businesses with producers at the heart of everything they do.

             

Some of them have been working towards fairer trade with producers long before the FAIRTRADE Mark existed. Their pioneering work made many multinational companies switch to Fairtrade, and they continue to innovate with new products, new ways of empowering farmers and new ways of trading. Their work is vital to the future of Fairtrade.

Find out who these brands are, what they do and most importantly – what you can do to be part of making their vision a reality http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/doingbusinessdifferently

Then speak to us in Fairtrade Guernsey to see how your business can play its part in supporting producers.

Fairtrade Fortnight Featured

Fairtrade Fortnight Finished. What next?

We hope you’ve enjoyed Fairtrade Fortnight and that if you’re not currently a regular supporter you might feel inspired to continue your support throughout the year.

Your support of farmers who toil, sweat and slog to provide us with the food on our tables has ensured that they receive a better deal, leading to a better and more stable income, helping them to break the cycle of poverty they are trapped in.

Here’s some ideas of how you can continue to support them……

Shop with the producer in mind
Make choosing Fairtrade part of your regular shopping. Look for the Fairtrade Mark and remember the benefits for the producer when you choose Fairtrade.

Spread the word
Take your Fairtrade tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits, etc. into your workplace, school, church, club. Let your friends and colleagues see that you care and encourage them to do their bit too.

Make your office / workplace Fairtrade
Since the Bailiwick of Guernsey was awarded Fairtrade Island Status in 2006 over 250 local businesses, shops, cafes, restaurants, churches, hotels and clubs have registered their support with Fairtrade Guernsey.
Try and influence decisions to support Fairtrade by converting to Fairtrade refreshments. A minimum of 4 items is all that’s required and supply is easily arranged. We’ll add your organisation to our growing list, provide you with a colourful window sticker and certificate for you to proudly display….. and there’s no fee whatsoever, just a willingness to support.

(To register go to “GET INVOLVED” “Registration”)

Think Fairtrade
Fairtrade is more than just coffee, tea, sugar, chocolate, wine, etc. There’s nearly 5,000 different items carrying the Fairtrade Mark.
Think Fairtrade Gold for wedding and engagement rings.
Think Fairtrade wine for wedding receptions and celebrations.
Think Fairtrade for Easter eggs and Advent calendars.
Think Fairtrade dried fruit, chocolate, sugar, etc. for cake baking.
Think Fairtrade for stylish cotton clothing.
Think Fairtrade marmalade, fruit juice and jam for breakfast.
Think Fairtrade and be inspired……

Campaign for Fairtrade
The Fairtrade Guernsey Steering Group is a small, hardworking, friendly team who meet 4/6 times a year to plan events to further raise the profile and support of Fairtrade in the Bailiwick……..and we’re always looking for keen people to join us. If you’d like to know more, contact the Secretary, Steve Mauger on 728064 or email: stevemauger@cwgsy.net.

Thank you for showing your support for Fairtrade.

Events News

Hautes Capelles School Fairtrade Cake Baking

 

 Amanda Evans and Ann Battye, members of the Guernsey Fairtrade steering group, visited Hautes Capelles Primary school on 8th March 2017 to help out with some Fairtrade activities. All the pupils in Year 6 were involved in cooking muffins (either Fairtrade banana, honey & oats, Fairtrade chocolate & orange or Fairtrade white chocolate and blueberries). Others pupils made a Fairtrade fridge cake and some also made Fairtrade crispy rice nests. When they weren’t cooking, the pupils were busy playing the Fairtrade ‘Breaks and Ladders’ game and creating Fairtrade recipes and artwork. A big thank-you to all the staff and pupils at Hautes Capelles for their support and also to the Channel Islands co-op, who provided vouchers to buy all the cooking ingredients.

News Products

Fairtrade empowers women farmers

Fairtrade has empowered women farmers like Kabore Christine, a mango farmer from Burkina Faso in West Africa. After fleeing war in Côte d’Ivoire, many women in her community were left widowed and homeless. Kabore Christine now looks after 15 children, including eight of her own. Together, the women in her co-operative are rebuilding their lives.

Since becoming Fairtrade certified, Kabore Christine and farmers in a number of other co-operatives have used their Fairtrade Premium to improve their communities. They have provided women farmers with loans for bicycles so they can get to work and for gas cookers for their homes. The co-operatives have also invested in healthcare centres, adult literacy classes and a crèche.
So, when you pick up your dried mango in your local F
airtrade store, you could be eating fruit grown by Kabore Christine. Just pop into a store near you and see for yourself just how many delicious Fairtrade products there are.

 

Fairtrade Fortnight News

Choosing Fairtrade Tea means investment in social projects……

With Fairtrade, tea producers also receive the Fairtrade Premium of $0.50 for every kilo of tea sold. In 2015, tea farmers and estate workers earned more than $6.3m in Premiums, which they invested mainly in social projects, such as education, healthcare, and infrastructure.

Teresa Kurgat, 47, tea farmer who has directly benefited from a water tank project that now supplies piped water to her house. Her pipe also supports water access for a local primary school.

For example, Maheve Secondary School, 520 students, has benefited from the Fairtrade Premium from Kibena Tea Estate in Tanzania, which has built four classrooms, two laboratories, two staff quarters and two hostels that house 120 students.