Shop for unique, hand-crafted fair-trade items and help improve lives around the globe.
Don’t miss the second annual International Fair Trade Sale at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Hyde Park. Hours are Friday, September 28 from 4 - 8 p.m. and Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The church is at 2944 Erie Ave., corner of Erie and Paxton.
One of last year’s visitors described the event as “…so much fun! So many beautiful treasures from all over the world.”
The International Fair Trade Sale features hundreds of products made by artisans from Asia, Africa, South America, and Central America who are paid a fair wage for their work. Vendors include Bead for Life, It’s Only Fair, Ten Thousand Villages, and many more. Some proceeds from the event will benefit El Hogar Projects, four Episcopal schools which serve impoverished children in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Fair Trade is an independent, third party certification organization working in partnership with more than 1.5 million producers in developing countries. Its mission is to secure decent working conditions, fair prices, and better terms of trade.
For more information, please contact Missy Darling at firstname.lastname@example.org and Like the Hyde Park Fair Trade Sale Facebook page.
The variety of vendors includes: Alpacas of the Covenant, Peru; Amani Ya Juu, Kenya; Bead for Life, East Africa; Cascabel Collective, Nicaragua; Censudi, Ghana; India Designs, India; It’s Only Fair, International; JOYN, India; Kenyan Wood, Kenya; Silk Road Textiles, International; soHza sister, International; Ten Thousand Villages, International; Village Artisan, India.
These volunteers and vendors represent Fair Trade and Direct Trade organizations throughout the developing world. Fair Trade empowers people through fair wages, education and a healthy work environment.
Goods are exchanged based on principles of economic and social justice. Every person involved in production is treated fairly. In addition to a fair wage, workers have access to clean, safe facilities and health care. Fair Trade protects and supports local communities where products are made and helps them become sustainable. Fair Trade upholds children’s rights to security, education and play; child labor is never used in production. It also enhances and improves the lives of artisans and empowers women and the disadvantaged.
August 10th is unofficially National Smores Day in the U.S. Help celebrate the holiday by making smores with fair trade chocolate.
The school year is starting back soon. Opt for fair trade alternatives and start the year off right!