Fairtrade is not just a buying and selling process. It is creating a global family.

Tadesse Meskela, coffee co-operative manager, Ethiopia



Christmas with a Conscience Event 2019  

After last year's successful event, the Harrogate Fairtrade Group is once again holding it's Christmas with a Conscience event. In 2019 this will take place on Saturday 9th November, in plenty of time for Christmas shopping. Last year lots of people came and bought Fairtrade and ethical Christmas gifts for friends and family and we really hope to replicate that once again this year. So put the date in your diaries!
It will once again be at Henshaw's Arts and Crafts Centre on Bond End in Knaresborough from 10am till 4pm. There will be stalls from local ethical retailers, so watch this space to find out more.


©Simon Rawles

Moussa Keita, Speaker, UC-CPC de Djidian Cotton, Mali "Today, all my children can go to school because I can afford to pay the school fees; we eat every day, we are able to eat when we are hungry. I can also meet the costs of medicines should we need them. Before, it was difficult to find enough money to get by. Only three of my children used to go to school; today all of my children go to school. Our kids are well dressed, they have uniforms and they have materials for school. With the premium we’ve built two classrooms, a teachers staff room and a shop." "Now we use organic inputs, fewer insecticides and more compost. There has been an improvement in the quality of the cotton and there is a better yield (before 1.2 tonnes per hectare, today 1.7 tonnes per hectare)." "There have been lots of changes with switching to Fairtrade. With the extra profit I was able to buy my first cart. The cart allows me to transport the cotton, which makes the farm more efficient and productive."