Rallying call to brew up for charity

Kenyan tea farmer Margaret Wanjiku has been able to develop her skills and production activities under Traidcraft's development scheme.'Contributed photo
Kenyan tea farmer Margaret Wanjiku has been able to develop her skills and production activities under Traidcraft's development scheme.'Contributed photo

MONTROSE is being called upon, in its role as a Fairtrade town, to brew up and back a campaign by one of the country’s leading fair trade organisations.

Traidcraft is aiming to help make a difference to the lives of farmers in the developing world by urging communities to host fair trade tea parties during Fairtrade Fortnight, which runs from February 27 to March 11.

Traidcraft, which was a founder member of the Fairtrade Foundation, is encouraging schools, churches and other groups to organise a Traidcraft Big Brew to raise money for development work of Traidcraft’s charity arm, Traidcraft Exchange, while enjoying a cup of fairly traded tea or coffee.

More than three billion people in the world live on less than $2.50 per day and Traidcraft works to help individuals, their families and communities not just to earn more money but to flourish.

Under the programme, tea farmer Margaret Wanjiku has been able to develop skills and additional activities on her farm in Kenya including keeping bees, harvesting water and even keeping rabbits.

She said: “I never knew this plot was enough for my family. I used to buy food and now I am comfortable. I go to the market to sell – not to buy!”

A Traidcraft Big Brew resource pack containing posters, invitations, stickers and refreshments for 50 people, is available to buy from www.traidcraftshop.co.uk. Alternatively, a resource pack without refreshments can be downloaded for free at www.traidcraft.co.uk/bigbrew.