Engaging more people in the fair trade movement is a continuous, challenging two-fold effort that involves the balance of education and consumption.
We have to make it easier for people to find and purchase fair trade products and also continuously educate more people about how supporting fair trade in the marketplace impacts communities around the globe and changes lives.
This past year we embarked on a larger effort to increase conscious consumption and visibility for our members during the busy holiday season by turning our Annual Holiday Marketplace into a series that included sales at three local congregations, as well as launching Oregon’s first Fair Trade Directory.
Enjoy the pictures from some of our events!
ZAP Holiday Gala with World Affairs Council Young Professionals
Notomba promoting beaded jewelry made from women near her home in South Africa affected by HIV AIDs. Thembanathi was able to bring her to the US this year to study English in Eugene.
Theresa Executive Director from Zimbabwe Artists Project with all smiles as we finish the rush of people who came to the First Presbyterian Church sale in December. Their artisans handpainted some new Christmas Ornaments on gourds that were amazing!
Margaret Zeps and her team of volunteers sell woven textiles at churches and events every holiday season made by women of Mayan Hands in Guatemala. This year they raised over $2,000 to send back.
Rafael Aviles talks about the collection of handcrafted natural kids toys, gifts and fashion products from Awaz to customers.
Roberta Cain represents the Fair Trade Leadership Team at First Presbyterian Church by selling fair trade coffee and olive every once a month at her church.