This is a Fairtrade renewal year for Guernsey, and we need your help to reach more islanders with the Fairtrade message and show them the power they have as consumers and active citizens.
Through various events, we’ll be telling the stories of Fairtrade cocoa farmers and explaining the different that only Fairtrade makes to women like Therese and Edith.
Receiving the Fairtrade Minimum Price and Premium has enabled Therese to send her children to school and give them opportunities she did not have. For Edith, being a Fairtrade certified farmer, has enabled her to access training and empowered her to diversify her income to bring in more money for her and her family.
Only Fairtrade is fighting for cocoa farmers to earn the living incomes they deserve as well as supporting these women to raise their voices and bring positive change to their families and communities.
We need your help to share their stories and show the demand for chocolate made by companies doing business differently. You could hold a storytelling session in your workplace, school or church, take part in our plans to spread their stories across the island by hiding some ‘storybombs’ for people to find, or display some posters where staff and the public can see them.
We’d love to hear what you’re planning for this Fairtrade Fortnight so hit reply and let us know!
Don’t forget to look out for details of our plans at https://www.facebook.com/FairtradeGuernsey/.
We hope to see you at some of our events!
Thank you for your support.
Fairtrade Guernsey Steering Group
Monday 9 December, from 6.00 to 8.30 p.m.
In the Parish Hall.
“FAIRTRADE—MEN’S BIG BREAKFAST 50”
Saturday 24 February, 8.30 a.m. @ Les Cotils.
Mon 26 Feb 2018 “Come on in ….. and open more doors to Fairtrade”
7.30 p.m. Professor Kevin Bales CMG, an expert on modern day slavery, speaking at a special evening to launch Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 at Les Cotils.
Free admission, but you are requested to reserve your place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Les Rocquettes Hotel, Les Gravees, St Peter Port offering a “Special Fairtrade Menu” for the Fortnight.
Sat 3 March
Fairtrade Guernsey Fundraising Quiz. 7.00 p.m. at St Martin’s Community Centre
Fri 9 March
Fairtrade visitors arrive. Mahyana Sari, the visiting producer is the secretary of the Arinagata Cooperative, who produce coffee in Sumatra, Indonesia.
Fairtrade Fortnight is an action-packed highlight of the year, when campaigners, businesses, schools and places of worship show their support for the farmers and workers who grow our food in developing countries.
Fairtrade Fortnight 2018: Monday 26 February – Sunday 11 March
‘For hundreds of years, we were taught to serve, to be workers. Now with Fairtrade, we are entrepreneurs’
Marcial Quintero, member of Coobana, a Fairtrade banana co-operative in Panama.
It’s a scandalous reality that millions of farmers and workers are still being ripped off despite working hard to provide the products we love. Unfairness in global trade is rooted in centuries of exploitation.
Yet across the globe, Marcial and hard-working producers like him are unravelling this legacy. They’re fighting for a fair deal, supported by Fairtrade, earning their way out of poverty and transforming their communities.
Together we’re stronger, and more people choosing, sharing and shouting about Fairtrade in the UK means more power to producers like Marcial to break the stranglehold of poverty prices.
There’s never been a more important time to stand with producers through Fairtrade – to protect the progress you’ve achieved alongside them, and to welcome more people – supporters, producers, businesses – into Fairtrade.
This Fairtrade Fortnight, stand with farmers like Marcial to close the door on exploitation, and welcome more people into Fairtrade.
‘Before joining Fairtrade we didn’t see any benefits, development or profit. The price we received per box wasn’t enough to cover our costs – and for 17 years it didn’t change. Since starting with Fairtrade, it’s made a mega-revolution in our lives.’ Marcial Quintero, Coobana