My Neighbor And Me sells fair trade products from Gambia, Guatemala, and Peru, as
well as products from the local community.
Jesus said that we are to love our neighbor as ourself. What does this mean today?
As one of the nine principles of fair trade, Building Capacity involves
Fair Trade Federation members investing their time and resources to help
producers build their businesses and improve their communities.
As a Fair Trade Federation member wanna-be (I am currently working on the
retailer application), I am reflecting on how I have fulfilled this role
over the last five years that I have been working directly with small fair
trade groups that are connected to the Christian church.
My Sister’s Company is a fair trade group from The Gambia that I have
worked along-side of these past five years. This group of seven women have
set aside several afternoons per week to work together. They spend their
profits on food security and education for the children. I have shared my
time and my experience to help provide suggestions on what sells here in
This month I am featuring their products as a Trunk Show in the Gathering
Room of the gift shop. Eighty percent of the proceeds will be returned to
the group. This trunk show is especially suitable for those who like
textiles that can be used in quilting.