Made by Hand International Cooperative will be celebrating World Fair Trade Day on Saturday, May 11, at their store in the York Beach Mall in South Bethany, from noon to 5 p.m.
Much like Earth Day is celebrated around the globe and has gained recognition as a way for people to remember to be good stewards of the Earth, World Fair Trade Day aims to bring awareness to fair trade issues, explained Kimberly Grimes of Made by Hand.
World Fair Trade Day is the first global campaign for the Fair Trade movement connecting producers and customers around the world and is endorsed by the World Fair Trade organization or WFTO.
Fair trade aims to build equitable, long-term partnerships between consumers in North America and producers in developing regions. According to International Fair Trade Association, fair-trade businesses commit to certain criteria: creating opportunities for economically disadvantaged producers; transparency and accountability; capacity-building; payment of a fair price; gender equity; good working conditions; and care for the environment.
Domestic fair trade is also on the rise, with almonds from California available at the store in South Bethany, along with soaps made locally.
On Saturday at Made by Hand, people will be able to sample fair-trade food and drinks. They will also have giveaways during the day and a drumming circle out front for patrons to enjoy.
“This year, we are highlighting our group in the Amazon that we have been working with for many years,” said Grimes. She said the women there have gotten to a place artistically where they make beautiful baskets.
She explained that in the town of San Jorge — a village in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest — a group of women of Kukama Kukamiria descent “transform the richness of the rainforest into artistic creations that reveal their way of life on the mighty river.”
“Motivated to preserve their heritage and to use natural resources in a sustainable manner, the Women Artisan Committee work collectively using the native palm chambira and a variety of seeds and natural dyes to weave intricate baskets, figures and jewelry,” according to their Web site, at www.amazon-rain-power.org.
In addition, Made By Hand will highlight the men of the rainforest who work to produce Sacha inchi brittle, made from a legume with a similar taste to a peanut and with a high amount of Omega 3 fatty acids.
Grimes said they will be showing a presentation during the day, highlighting the work of the farmers, so people can see them and their way of life and learn more about the products they create. For more information, visit www.amazon-rain-power.org online.
For more information about fair trade, visit www.fairtraderesource.org or www.fairtradefederation.orgon the Internet. Made by Hand International Cooperative can be found in the York Beach Mall in South Bethany, next to McCabe’s. For more information, call them at (302) 539-6335.