Co-op Fortnight 2022
This year at Fair Trader, our side windows will be showcasing products made by some of the fabulous co-ops we work with from around the world.
We have some fantastic flags made for us by the children at Golcar Junior and Infant School, a member of the Aspire Co-operative Learning Trust. The Co-operative Values that this school subscribe to are: Self-help – Self-responsibility – Democracy – Equality – Equity – Solidarity
These principles are adhered to by most cooperatives. Why not see for yourself? A couple of local co-ops to visit are the Green Valley Grocer and the Handmade Bakery in Slaithwaite.
In our side windows this fortnight we will be displaying:
Gorgeous AURA QUE Mita Handmade Eco Felt Mule Slippers, which are hand-felted by a women's co-operative in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. AURA QUE have been working with the group since 2013.
Delicious Equal Exchange honey, a blend of organic raw honey from Mexico which is perfect in drinks and food or smothered on toast. This honey is produced by working with a handful of small farmer co-ops in Mexico called Miel Mexicana, Mieles de Sur, and Tzetlal.
Stunning York Scarves, made in a co-operative movement in a semi-rural area of North India. Initiated in 1977, this co-op is structured on a cottage industry basis with most of the community involved: some houses have weaving looms, some specialise in dying, some in tasselling, some in stitching.
Fair Trader, June 2022