After a two-year hiatus, The Unitarian Church of Montreal will hold its annual Fair Trade Craft Fair November 8, 10am to 4pm at 5035 de Maisonneuve W.
The most popular groups will be returning this year, including Ten Thousand Villages, Mama Africa, Ankur Kala, and Punku Peru, and new groups including A Heart for Syria, Families for Children, and Flor de Coco. There will also be a market square where shoppers can enjoy a bowl of vegetarian soup or a cup of fair trade coffee or juice with a homemade dessert.
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Participating organizations will donate items to fill baskets to be raffled, with proceeds going to the Unitarian Service Committee’s Seeds of Survival. This program aims to build food and livelihood security in smallholder farming communities within the global South.
The fair trade movement has grown in recent years with purchases concentrated in Africa, Latin America, and India. Its goal is to give third-world farmers and artisans a fair price for their products while ensuring they enjoy better working conditions. Fair trade products tend to be of higher quality, and costs are usually comparable to similar products.