Fair trade seeks to transform the lives of poor producers in the developing world by enabling them to use their skills and resources to trade their way out of poverty.
A range of food items is on sale after the 11.00am service, and items from the Traidcraft website can also be ordered. Think Traidcraft when you are buying presents or restocking your home or your wardrobe - you won't be disappointed, and you will know you are helping one of the producers to earn a living.
Sales last month totalled £492 helped by £88 at the Friday Club lunch, £19 at the '3 Inch Fools' presentation and £33 at the Methodist Coffee Morning.
The sewing machine is Waloo Devi's pride and joy in her otherwise furniture free house. It holds centre stage, positioned at the best window in the room where natural light filters in. As well as being her home, this is also where she runs her business - and business is good. In the one and a half years of Traidcraft's 'Going Green' project, Waloo Devi has come a long way.
In 2015, Waloo, together with her neighbours, joined a local self-help group, supported by Traidcraft, to create an eco-friendly enterprise. These women were determined to break the cycle of poverty and they came together to discuss what possible skills they could acquire. They decided to focus on eco-friendly products hand made with textile waste - chiefly making bags and accessories. Waloo had no prior knowledge of sewing, but, at the age of 50, she gained the confidence to learn a new skill to support her family.
Look out for the textile products from India in the Traidcraft catalogue or website and see how you can help Waloo, her family and her colleagues.
Peter Bird (firstname.lastname@example.org, 01629 813087)