Recycled Tin Can Bikes from Madagascar


Working with recycled aluminium tin cans is a technique called "Kapoaka" in Madagascar. The discarded pop, beer and air freshener cans, tin cans and aerosols are individually cut, folded and soldered into their own unique shape - including model bikes and bicycles. Each intricate piece of tin is carefully soldered with precision and the constructed [...]

Recycled Tin Can Bikes from Madagascar2016-10-27T16:24:52+01:00

Visiting Friends-International in Phnom Penh, Cambodia


It was a steaming-hot morning in February when I negotiated with a friendly, young tuk tuk driver stationed outside my hotel in downtown Phnom Penh, to take me to Friends-International, Cambodia. I had a meeting with Rathanak SOK, their Sales Officer, who greeted me with a warm smile and cooling drink. Surrounded by happy local [...]

Visiting Friends-International in Phnom Penh, Cambodia2016-10-07T18:13:24+01:00

New Fair Trade Jewellery from Latin America


We have recently taken delivery of a new range of Fair Trade jewellery from Latin America. Mainly earrings, but also some bracelets and pendants. This range has been sourced by a UK-based business called Tumi Jewellery who ensure all their products are Fairly Traded and bought directly from the skilled artisans who make them. That`s [...]

New Fair Trade Jewellery from Latin America2016-10-27T16:24:53+01:00

The Story of Kazuri Beads Jewellery, Kenya


KAZURI is a Swahili word which means "small and beautiful". Kazuri Beads, as a business, has an interesting backstory. THE ORIGINS... Founded by Lady Susan Wood, who was born in 1918 in a mud hut in a West African village. Her parents were missionaries from England. Lady Wood was sent back to England to be [...]

The Story of Kazuri Beads Jewellery, Kenya2016-10-27T16:24:53+01:00

The Story Behind Kenyan Soapstone


Kenyan Soapstone is becoming more and more popular in the UK as people travel and learn more about it. But  there is still confusion as to what it actually is. This blog post hopes to explain just that - where it comes from, what it can be turned into and give you a little of [...]

The Story Behind Kenyan Soapstone2016-10-27T16:24:53+01:00

The Zuri Foundation and its work in Nairobi, Kenya


The Zuri Foundation is a UK-based charity that helps young people in Kenya break free from the cycle of poverty they are born into. Working in partnership with small organisations, NGO`s, charities and workshops in and around the slums of the capital city, Nairobi, they are helping young people earn a living, get access to [...]

The Zuri Foundation and its work in Nairobi, Kenya2016-10-27T16:24:53+01:00

What is Traidcraft?


Traidcraft is a UK-based Fair Trade organisation fighting poverty through trade, helping people in developing countries to transform their lives and offering them hope for a better future. It works with people of all faiths and none, to create opportunities for the poor to harness the benefits of trade. The organisation has two components :- [...]

What is Traidcraft?2016-10-27T16:24:53+01:00

Meet Divine Fairtrade Producers – Kuapa Kokoo from Ghana


Kuapa Kookoo simply means "Good Cocoa Farming". When internal marketing of cocoa was liberalised in Ghana, a pioneering group of farmers led by Nana Frimpong Abrebrese established Kuapa Kokoo as a farmer’s cooperative in 1993 with assistance from Twin Limited UK. Dedicated to producing high quality cocoa and running a democratic organisation with the farmer`s [...]

Meet Divine Fairtrade Producers – Kuapa Kokoo from Ghana2016-10-27T16:24:53+01:00

Focus on Fair Trade Producers – Karm Marg, India.


One of our favourite Fair Trade producers is Karm Marg, an Indian non-governmental organisation committed to the cause of supporting disadvantaged children and young adults from their local area. "Karm Marg" literally means the "path of action" and begun with a handful of children living on the New Delhi railway station in 1997. With the [...]

Focus on Fair Trade Producers – Karm Marg, India.2016-08-11T14:44:51+01:00

What is the difference between Fair Trade and Fairtrade?


Fair Trade producer Often a confusing topic, I try to explain below the intricacies involved when answering this question....... 1/ What is Fair Trade? "Fair Trade" is a global, economic development platform that integrates business, consumer and producer relationships that are governed by the Charter of Fair Trade Principles - authorised by the [...]

What is the difference between Fair Trade and Fairtrade?2016-10-27T16:24:54+01:00
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