Guest speaker for Fairtrade meeting

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THIS MONDAY Montrose Fairtrade Forum will welcome guest speaker Douglas Eloan Recinos Lopez who will speak about Fairtrade coffee production in Guatemala.

Douglas lives in Huehuetenango, a city in the highlands of Guatemala, where he joined the Co-operative San Jose El Obrero, which was founded in 1962. He started as an accountant and in 2001 became general manager, a position he still holds. The co-operative is one of 148 that form the Federation of Co-operatives of Coffee Producers from Guatemala, and in 2012 Douglas became president of the federation’s board of directors. A Guatemalan certification scheme was set up in 1999, and soon afterwards Fairtrade markets were established.

Before his talk, which will begin in Montrose Academy’s canteen at 7pm, there will be a short presentation by Kelly Ann Dempsey, from Angus Council, on how Angus became a Fair Trade Zone, and afterwards a brief annual general meeting of the Montrose Fairtrade Forum. The evening will conclude with Fairtrade refreshments and a chance to visit stalls manned by representatives from five local Fairtrade Churches, some with goods for sale. A raffle will be held to defray expenses.