Ukrumah Suda is one of two producers swapping Jakarta for Perth to be at the Fair Trade Festival
The Fair Trade Festival 2013 aims to be Scotland’s biggest ever Fair Trade event, and will bring campaigners, retailers and members of the public together from across Scotland. It will also be dealt a truly international feel by the presence of representatives from three different social enterprises, sourcing produce from as far afield as Mongolia, Indonesia and Ethiopia, who will give presentations, oversee workshops and sell their produce.
Yunita Anggraini and Ukrumah Suda – Pekerti Nusantara
Nita and Uuk will both be travelling all the way from Indonesia specifically to speak at the Fair Trade Festival. They work for Pekerti Nusantara, an Indonesia company founded in 1979 to provide employment opportunities for rural and marginalised workers which enabled them to remain with their families in their villages. They produce Fair Trade handicrafts, incorporating a variety of different materials and cultural backgrounds, which have been sold on four different continents.
Abiyot Shiferaw – Oromo Coffee Company
The Oromo Coffee Company is an enterprise owned and managed by a group of people from the Oromia region of Ethiopia who now live in England. They decided to use their heritage, culture and expert knowledge of Oromo coffee as a means to provide a sustainable solution to poverty in the Oromia region, and to fulfil their own need of finding work and an income here in the UK. A not-for-profit business, any profit generated is put straight back into the business to create employment and training opportunities for the local community, or used to promote Oromo cultural activity and help Oromo children settled in the UK to learn about and celebrate their cultural identity.
Bill and Irene Manley – Mary and Martha Mongolia
Mary and Martha Mongolia are the first, and only, WFTO registered organisation in Mongolia. They utilise a network of artisans based across the entire country to produce beautiful handicrafts – no mean feat in the most sparsely populated country in the world! By networking small businesses from far-flung parts of the country they aim to enable people to stay in their hometowns, avoiding the need to migrate to the capital to survive.