Letter: Moms and Fair Trade Day

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To the Editor:

Saturday, May 11, we recognize World Fair Trade Day, which is an excellent fit for the following day honoring moms!

Many fair trade social enterprises are allowing many women, for the first time in their lives, opportunity to learn a viable skill or craft,

thus empowering them to earn a decent living for themselves and their families. Many of these women are moms.

Fair trade innovates for safe, dignified livelihoods for workers and artisans in poverty-stricken regions of our world.

In honor of these moms, please consider fair trade products when you shop. Women are escaping from trafficking, pornography, begging, forced work

and migrant farming.

Trafficking is an estimated $150 billion industry, eclipsing the $136.6 combined sales of Google, Nike, Starbucks, and NFL combined.

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Very. Sobering. Statistics.

Here in Bennington, some local businesses offer shoppers fair trade options. Alliance Fair Trade Gifts (AFTG), one such store, comes alongside these

women (and men) emerging from poverty through employment. By selling the hand-crafted wallets and bags, olive oils, quilled greeting cards, coffee,

chocolate, scarves, food mixes and more, AFTG takes 100% of profits to benefit those workers, plus donates to local groups who work with those in poverty here.

Manned by volunteers from the Missionary Alliance Church, we do this as an expression of the love of Christ to our community and to the world.

Watch for us as we roll out our hand crafted wooden cart on Main Street in downtown Bennington when the weather cooperates!

Pam Santarcangelo,


The writer is a co-founder and volunteer at Alliance Fair Trade Gifts.


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