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This is my work as a video producer. I specialized in making movies about fair trade organizations. Check out my YouTube Channel for more!

Miss Saparot and the pineapple factory

Late afternoon on Thursday the 30th January in Udonthanee, I picked up the phone after it rang a few times “Hi, is that Khun Tukta from Fair trade connection?” the voice of the lady asked me with an hesitating and cheerful tone. “Yes, it’s me. How are you khun Kook?” I responded with her name as it showed on my mobile screen earlier. She continued “We would like to inform you that the Co-operative has agreed for Fair Trade Connection to come over and produce the video about us” a big smile appeared on my face and then we discussed about the job. After hanging up the phone with Khun Kook I hurried to report the good news to Ronny, we were both excited and started to organize our trip to Samroiyod already. Samroiyod sub-district is located in Prachuabkeerikhun province; it is one of the main pineapple growing areas in Thailand. 1/3 of the region (or 161,440 rais) is used to farm pineapples and 50% of the locals are farmers, hence the importance of pineapple farming for providing jobs and income to the local population. Pineapple is one of the main exporting goods for Thailand, each year they export approximately 2.5 million tons of fresh and processed pineapples. In the area of Samroiyod there are many processed pineapple factories, most of which export to Western countries such as the US, England, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Italy and many more. But the only place that grows and produces fair trade canned pineapples is the farmers fair trade cooperative of Samroiyod (SRI) and Samroiyod Co,Ltd (the processing factory). The cooperative has been established 5 years ago and the factory has been certified fair trade for 6 or 7 years. We have been shooting for 4 days at the different locations: pineapple farms, cooperative office and the Samroiyod factory. They were very welcoming with us, providing a lot of useful information and trying ... Read More »

Sang Arun: Fair Trade Ceramic from Thailand

Sang Arun: Fair Trade Ceramic from Thailand

Thailand is a country we have been visiting three times already with Fair Trade Connection. We will forever feel attached to the « land of the smiles » because it is where our story began in 2010 with our very first shooting with Thai Tribal Crafts.  A great deal has happened since this first movie (like our editing skills!) and we are now back in Asia for a new series of video shootings with fair trade producers. Thailand is our first stop and we hope many organizations will accept to work with us.  After 3 weeks of contacting people and traveling up and down the country we heard from Sang Arun, a ceramic producer in Lampang, Northern Thailand. Miss Anong saw our email and decided to call us back.  She would like us to come and produce a video about her family business.  Lampang is a pleasant city where the Wang river flows and famous for it’s crispy pork skin ! Miss Anong came to pick us up at the bus station. From the first minute we felt very welcomed. We had a meeting in the afternoon during which she told us about the Sang Arun story. Founded by her father in 1964, the company is now run by Miss Anong and her brothers and sisters. It employs around 200 people, the vast majority of them are women. They produce ceramic table wares and home decoration items. Their factory is quite big and looks very clean. Joy, Anong’s niece, showed us around the property while explaining about the production process. We are quite amazed about the size of the company. Everywhere we look we see potteries, mugs, vases and plates waiting to be cooked in the ovens or to be painted by the lady artisans. Fair Trade is important for Sang Arun, it represents about 40% of their exports and helps them differentiate from the numerous ceramic factories in Lampang. The city is ... Read More »

Express themselves and learn in the daily forum

Express themselves and learn in the daily forum

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Raise citizens’ awareness of fair trade

Raise citizens’ awareness of fair trade

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Promote local craftmen and their crafts

Promote local craftmen and their crafts

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Empowering women in society

Empowering women in society

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Provide adult education and ensure that of the children

Provide adult education and ensure that of the children

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Promote equal opportunities at work

Promote equal opportunities at work

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Promote recycling and the respect of environment

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Promote and professionalize local craftmen

Promote and professionalize local craftmen

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