Traidcraft @ St Andrew's
For at least 20 years St Andrew's has supported Traidcraft, a leading dedicated fair trade company in the UK and worldwide. Traidcraft sources a wide range of fair trade foods, drinks, household cleaning, charcoal and rubber products, and crafts and clothing from fair trade suppliers in more than 30 developing countries.
At St Andrew's we sell a range of Traidcraft products at a stall after our 9.45 am services about once a month, usually after the All Age service. The calendar of services is here. The profits have been put towards the education of girls in Tanzania through our Nachingwea Link and continues to support projects there. In addition, donations are made to support Traidcraft Exchange projects with occasional donations to the Jubilee Debt Campaign.
You can browse the Traidcraft catalogue here. For more information or to order goods postage free contact Romie Ridley at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01223 842922.
Handmade Embroidered Cards
The St Andrew's Traidcraft stall also sells beautiful hand embroidered cards made by some of the poorest village women in NE Pakistan – thanks to the vision and commitment of a young women from the city of Abbottabad nearby. The Project teaches skills to enable them to support their families alongside teaching basic literacy and numeracy to the women and their children.
You can read more about the history of Traidcraft here.
Since it was founded in 1979, Traidcraft has led the way in proving that fair trade could work professionally. It started by importing goods from artisans and growers and distributing them directly to shoppers in the UK, cutting out the middlemen. They were all partners – working together to show trade could be different, and could be fair. Fair trade was no longer about aid; it was a collaborative process of learning and trading simultaneously. From the church stalls and markets the original team sold through, to independent shops and a website, Traidcraft has continued to grow.
In 1992, Traidcraft co-founded the Fairtrade Foundation, and helped establish the standards that underpin today’s well-recognised Fairtrade Mark. Over the past 40 years, Traidcraft has pioneered the first fair trade chocolate, coffee, tea, fruit juice, wine, rice, honey, charcoal, rubber, palm oil and more. Almost everything we know today as fair trade began with Traidcraft.
In 1986 Traidcraft set up their sister charity Traidcraft Exchange. It exists to fight against injustice in trade, working with governments, businesses and international institutions to promote fair practices. You can read about some of its campaigns here.
With the fall in the pound and other market factors, Traidcraft almost ended trading in late 2018. This would have been a huge blow for its many producers whose lives and communities have been transformed by the partnership. By cutting its team and reducing its number of suppliers Traidcraft has managed to continue and look set to flourish.
The leaders of Traidcraft now realise that the goods and their production also need to be ecologically sustainable. They continue to fight trade, social and environmental injustices in order to make the world more equitable and sustainable.