Posts with: Africa


Women’s Empowerment through Fairtrade

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Esther is an inspirational women to spend time with, I was lucky enough to do that last week. One could say that she is a living example of women’s empowerment. Esther is the chair of the Kabng’etuny Women in Coffee Association, a Co-op of 300 women in Kericho Kenya East Africa.  I’m sure many of… Read more »

Recycled Metal Sculptures

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These beautiful sculptures made from recycled metal are made by a group of skilled artisans in Harare, Zimbabwe. They have an international reputation for producing the highest quality metal sculptures available from Africa. The products are Fair Trade and purchases of these recycled metal sculptures help provide a stable income and good standard of living… Read more »

Meet the Women who Grow your Morning Coffee

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A story of gender equality, coffee and climate change. Monday 6th March 2017 5.30pm to 7.30pm City Hall, 115 Charles Street Leicester, LE1 1FZ Fairtrade Leicester presents an evening with Esther Koskei, Chairlady of the Kabng’etuny Women in Coffee Association in Kenya. Come and meet this inspiring woman farmer and listen as she shares with… Read more »

Trashy Bags

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Trashy Bags are a social enterprise based in Accra, Ghana. They collect waste plastic and transform it into practical and fashionable bags. Trashy Bags are more than just unique and stylish products, they also stand for change, self-empowerment and above all, hope! Trashy Bags is a truly grassroots initiative that gives ordinary Africans a sense… Read more »

Ocean Sole Flipflop Animals

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Ocean Sole are a social enterprise based in Kenya. They recycle flipflops into colourful flipflop animals. The flipflops are found littered on the beaches and waterways of Kenya. Flipflops are one of the largest marine pollutants on Kenyan beaches. It is very bizarre but thousands and thousands of flipflops are washed up onto the East African coast… Read more »

Kazuri Beaded Jewellery

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Kerry and Sarah have returned from the Autumn Fair and are really happy with the new range of Kazuri Beaded Jewellery they found. Kazuri means small and beautiful in Kiswahili and is the name given to the beautiful hand made beads from just outside Nairobi in Kenya. Each bead is shaped from clay by hand,… Read more »

Rotavator for Howard in Malawi!

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We’ve just received this picture of Howard with the new rotavator in Malawi. This time last year Howard visited Leicester from a smallholder farmers association in Northern Malawi. Howard is a farmer growing rice as a cash crop on his small farm. He told a packed audience in our shop in Leicester about the transformation… Read more »

Ukuva iAfrica marinade sauces

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Ukuva iAfrica marinade sauces are produced in Cape Town, South Africa but reflect the flavours of the whole of the continent. Why not try these ideas from Ukuva iAfrica this summer? Baobab Cha-ka-la-ka Delicious with flame grilled lamb, goat, pork, chicken, corn or vegetable skewers • Delectable dip for fries • Add to mayonnaise or… Read more »

Sarah and Kerry’s trip to Rwanda

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Cards From Africa have been supplying Just Fair Trade with amazing handmade cards for several years, and in February 2014 Kerry and Sarah were invited to visit Rwanda to meet their card makers. While visiting Africa was a new experience for Kerry, for Sarah it was an opportunity to return to a part of the… Read more »

Cafe Direct One Acre Uganda Bushenyi Hills Tea

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Café Direct was one of the early fair trade pioneers, born out of a coffee crisis in 1989. They were the first coffee brand in the UK to carry the fair trade mark when it was launched in 1994 and today they continue to innovate and promote sustainable, positive approaches to business. This commitment to… Read more »