Maria is a Campaigns and Communications Volunteer in Scottish Fair Trade Forum. She is 24 years old and she came to Scotland from Belarus to spend here 6 months through European Voluntary Service.
1. When did you first find out about Fair Trade?
I remember a lecture in my University in Belarus a couple of years ago dedicated to Fair Trade. The idea of Fairtrade impressed me that time and I thought: “Wow, there are people in the world who really cares about poverty and inequality improvement!”
2. Why do you think Fair Trade is important?
For hundreds of years people in Africa, South America and Asia have been treated unfairly in terms of trade. Living in Europe we take it for granted that rice, bananas and sugar are every day on our tables and on the shelves of supermarkets. But we do not have an idea what does it cost physically to grow these plants. For us it’s just part of everyday meal. For farmers who grow these plants – it’s life. I appreciate that with the help of Fairtrade these farmers and their families can afford living, not surviving.
3. What are you doing for Fairtrade Fortnight this year?
This year I volunteer in Scottish Fair Trade Forum and assist in organizing events during Fairtrade Fortnight. I like the team of Forum. It’s a pleasure to work here.
Next week we are hosting a guest from Nicaragua, Fatima Ismael. She will visit schools, Fairtrade Groups and other organisations around Scotland.