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Fair Trade ‘Peoples Mask’ almost sold out within 24 hours!


Our first order of the ‘Peoples Mask’, which arrived two days ago, sold out almost straight away – of 6 codes, 5 sold through completely, some of them much oversubscribed. Another shipment will be made next week. They are made by a WFTO member in Sri Lanka who are delighted that they are able to provide their artisans with work, which they can completed at home, during the lockdown.

As sorting the masks into separate colours would have meant a 2 week delay, we are now selling them as ‘assorted colours’ under codes MASK06 (medium) and MASK07 (large).

For legal reasons, we will now be referring to them as ‘face coverings’ instead of masks, the latter term involving a lengthy and costly process of testing. The product is the same, the wording different! Such is bureaucracy.
Created On  22 May 2020 15:13 in Coronavirus  -  >>
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Bangladesh – famine predicted


The Coronavirus is having terrible effects in some of the poorest parts of the world. In Bangladesh, masses of textile workers have been laid off as 50-75% of factories supplying the world’s fashion industry have closed due to the lockdown. Large retailers have cancelled huge numbers of orders, even those which have been completed and are ready for shipping. Unfortunately the suppliers have no way of holding their customers accountable, and in turn often try to pass the loss on to their workers.

Our suppliers in Bangladesh, Jute Works and Prokritee, both WFTO members, have orders outstanding with us, and our large customer Oxfam has agreed to help out with pre-payments so the orders can go ahead, even if they arrive late because of the crisis. This is a great example of customers and suppliers in the Fair Trade community working together to ensure that as little harm to producers takes place as possible. Prokritee reports that none of their customers have cancelled their orders, and many of their artisans are working at home, praying to God that the crisis will end soon, but glad that at least they have work. Prokritee is distributing Hardship Grant packages including masks, soap and cash, for any of their artisans who are unable to work.
Created On  18 May 2020 18:50 in Coronavirus  -  >>
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Caught by the lockdown in Bolivia + new glass supplier


World Fair Trade Day is a world celebration and whilst the news in Britain concentrates on how Covid-19 affects us all here, we’d like to focus on what’s happening overseas, both on the struggles and the successes, the good and the bad. As fair traders, we are part of a global community; this is a difficult time, and we are all trying to help one another out if we can.

So first, a big well done to Moon and all the staff at Tara Projects, New Delhi. Three days ago they announced that they have now distributed 600 food kits to the most vulnerable people in Delhi’s poorest areas – enough to feed about 3,000 people for the next month. Delhi is in complete lockdown, and with no social security to rely on, thousands of people are starving because they are unable to earn any money at the moment.
Created On  13 May 2020 11:05 in Coronavirus  -  >>
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World Fair Trade Day: 9 May 2020


World Fair Trade Day is a world celebration and whilst the news in Britain concentrates on how Covid-19 affects us all here, we’d like to focus on what’s happening overseas, both on the struggles and the successes, the good and the bad. As fair traders, we are part of a global community; this is a difficult time, and we are all trying to help one another out if we can.

So first, a big well done to Moon and all the staff at Tara Projects, New Delhi. Three days ago they announced that they have now distributed 600 food kits to the most vulnerable people in Delhi’s poorest areas – enough to feed about 3,000 people for the next month. Delhi is in complete lockdown, and with no social security to rely on, thousands of people are starving because they are unable to earn any money at the moment.
Created On  8 May 2020 0:01 in Coronavirus  -  >>
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Coronavirus and Climate Change


The 11th Petersberg Climate Dialogue took place between April 27-28 and on behalf of 10 Downing Street, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab spoke re-iterating the government’s commitment to tackling climate change.

Shared Earth has long been an advocate of sustainability, recycling and other ways of reducing carbon emissions. We welcome the government’s commitment to the fight against climate change, and we hope that as we return to a more ‘normal’ economy, this will not involve for instance large bailouts to the airline and auto industries, without examining travel and transportation as a whole and the UK’s target of net-zero emissions by 2050.
Created On  7 May 2020 10:05 in Coronavirus  -  >>
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The impact of Covid-19 in Guatemala


This crisis is affecting Guatemala a lot and our artisans in particular. Continued support to the artisans of Guatemala is very important since many Guatemalans work in USA, but now there are few jobs. They are even being sent back to Guatemala. Many of the rural income is very much dependant on this money being sent from their relatives working in the USA. That money is now drying out. One of the only alternative incomes these people have in the rural areas is making handicrafts like the worry dolls you buy from us. Buying these items continuously from us is a great help for the people in rural areas. We are very happy for your support and our long business relationship.
Created On  4 May 2020 13:45 in Coronavirus  -  >>
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Covid-19 in Kenya and Uganda


Most Kenyans and Ugandans live on a daily wage – they have to go to work, or can’t feed their families, and in large slums like Kibera, where most of our jewellery is made, social distancing is near to impossible. Sanitation is the next best step and we are delighted to be working with Zuri Foundation to be providing community hand-sanitisers and masks.

There have been very few Covid-19 cases in Kenya and Uganda so far, in Nairobi there is a strict lockdown including a curfew from 7pm to 5am. Whether the virus will spread is uncertain, we really hope not as the health facilities are so limited.
Created On  28 Apr 2020 11:30 in Coronavirus  -  >>
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Shared Earth staff member recovers from virus


Paula Ellis, our Wholesale customer service maestro, caught Covid-19 at the beginning of April. Happily she recovered without needing to go to hospital, and she has been back at work (on the phone, at home) for a few days now – in fact she insisted on working before she had fully recovered, thanks for your commitment Paula!

Before she joined us Paula worked for the Post Office for 18 years; now, together with David, she makes up Shared Earth’s small Wholesale team.
Created On  23 Apr 2020 12:15 in Coronavirus  -  >>
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Candles across India have been lit as a show of solidarity in the fight against Coronavirus


On 5 April Prime Minister Modi asked everyone in India to switch off their electricity at 9pm, and light candles for 9 minutes instead, to mark India’s battle against Coronavirus. Millions of craft producers and their families took part.
Created On  19 Apr 2020 23:01 in Coronavirus  -  >>
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Covid-19: Update on Bali


Over the next few weeks we will be trying to give you a picture of what it’s like at the moment in some of the countries we buy from, and how our producers have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis.

We’re starting with Bali, Indonesia, which has not escaped the virus - the streets are largely empty and most shops closed – but it has had very few deaths so far; the ‘red zone’ for Indonesia is in the busy streets of Jakarta. Our producers mostly work from their homes and so are able to continue earning a living; we even hope we will be able to fill and despatch a container by the end of May, though whether restrictions tighten before then is yet to be seen.
Created On  17 Apr 2020 12:37 in Coronavirus  -  >>
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