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Taking Fair Trade Connection back to school

Taking Fair Trade Connection back to school

This month has been a return to my roots. Not only did I return to my motherland, Belgium, but on 9 October 2014 I also returned to my former high school! No, not to re-sit exams, but to give a talk about Fair Trade Connection to a group of students sitting in the very chairs where I once sat. Why did I go back? Well, this year we once again received financial support from Belgium Technical Coorporation (BTC) to organise an event during Fair Trade Week. We chose to use the funds to set up an education day at Virton high school. We split the event into two parts: the first part began in the morning at 9.30am. More than 50 fourth-year students crammed into the one classroom ready for us to get going with our two-hour session. I introduced myself and my background, which naturally evolved into a general discussion on fair trade. I was impressed at how informed the students were! Things then started to get heated as a debate organized by the teacher took place. The mood was ‘How fair is fair trade?’, and the fourth graders touched on some very interesting points. To tell our story of FTC to the students, I thought it was only logical to show what we do best —video! Once the beamer was set up, it was time for lights, camera and action. First up was the clip ‘We can make your products speak’, followed by an educative video about fairtrade made for Oxfam Magasins du Monde. At 7pm, once the tables were laid with nibbles and the drinks were poured (thanks to Virton’s Oxfam Shop), the public started to roll in for the second part of the event. I didn’t expect so many people to show up! Excited by the 60 or so guests, I kicked things off with a presentation on what FTC has achieved in 2014. The crowd was ... Read More »

Need a fair trade video? We’ve got what you need!

Need a fair trade video? We’ve got what you need!

Are you looking to communicate your Fair Trade story to the public and your consumers? Let our images and videos do the talking for you. A picture is worth a thousand words and a video speaks a million, so over the past three years we have been busy collecting images and video footage of Fair Trade cooperatives across the globe in order to bring you the most extensive visual database of Fair Trade artisans. You can now purchase high resolution photos and videos to use on your website and social media, and for any other promotional material. As a retailer, you can give voice to Fair Trade’s artisans by showing their videos both inside your shop and on your website. Help your customers to connect with these producers and to understand the Fair Trade supply chain, and share with them the positive impacts of Fair Trade in local communities. But it’s not just the customers who will benefit. Fair Trade organizations have also had success in using our videos as tools for training volunteers and staff members who are new to Fair Trade. Do the artisans you do business with have a story to tell? Are you a producer looking to increase your market access? Seize this opportunity and hire us to film your story then showcase it to the world. Let’s work together to put Fair Trade on the map, one image at a time. Browse our large and and growing database and discover the perfect videos and images to promote your Fair Trade business.   This article was kindly written by Katie Ramsbottom, WFTO. Read More »

AMDO Food Company: The Art of making noodles

AMDO Food Company: The Art of making noodles

Discover the story of AMDO Food Company, a company based in Delhi that produces delicious Tibetan Noodles. AMDO is actually working with Fair Trade Original and is about to receive the Fair for Life certification. Their noodles are delicious and the family is just adorable. More in this video. Read More »

CORR the Juste Works: Pioneers of Fair Trade in Bangladesh

CORR the Juste Works: Pioneers of Fair Trade in Bangladesh

We recently traveled to Bangladesh where we had a very interesting shooting with CORR the Jute Works. We were there on a mission for Oxfam Magasins du Monde and our objective was to produce a series of 3 short videos that explains the vision and impacts of CJW on the local communities. We had the chance to visit several artisan groups in Dhaka and also in Kartikpur village. Our experience got really interesting when we learned that we’d stay with a family of clay artisans in the village for a few days. We have to say that we found the work of CJW very professional and organized. The organization provides jobs to roughly 4.000 artisans throughout 24 districts of Bangladesh, 92% are women. As a pioneer of fair trade, CJW works with most of the well known retailers in a total of 50 countries. On top of that, CJW recently started a business relationship with big commercial buyer H&M. It is not so common for fair trade organizations to deal with top international players like H&M, so we were very interested in collecting some feedback about that experience. Milton Suranjit Ratna, development manager of CJW, kindly accepted our interview and gave us some insight of what it is to do business with a big multinational company. His interview will soon be published on this website. In the meantime, here is a 3 minute video we produced for CJW, to thank them for their hospitality and good work. Don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!   Read More »

TARA Projects: a holistic approach of fair trade

TARA Projects: a holistic approach of fair trade

Photos by Ronny Hermosa ©FairTradeConnection You can purchase these photos by contacting us: ronny@fairtradeconnection.org Read More »

Fighting against child labour [TARA's education center]

Fighting against child labour [TARA's education center]

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Surviving in a Delhi Slum [TARA Projects Micro Credit program]

Surviving in a Delhi Slum [TARA Projects Micro Credit program]

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CORR the Jute Works & trade justice in Bangladesh

CORR the Jute Works & trade justice in Bangladesh

Photos by Wanwisa Taesuwan & Ronny Hermosa ©FairTradeConnection You can purchase these photos by contacting us: ronny@fairtradeconnection.org Read More »

Pekerti and the woodcarvers or How a plastic bag can save your life

Pekerti and the woodcarvers or How a plastic bag can save your life

Fair Trade Connection’s team as never been as complete as of today. Indeed, Sandy, our graphic designer has decided to join us for a month in Indonesia. Sandy hasn’t had much time to rest or to accommodate to the 7 hour jet lag with Belgium, that he was already sent to his first assignment. Our team is leaving Bali for the island of Java where we will do a video Shooting for Oxfam Magasins du Monde. Our mission there is to produce a short video about one of the artisan groups of Pekerti, a famous Indonesian fair trade producer. Miss Yolita, the PR manager of Pekerti will accompany us during the shooting. We flew from Denpasar to Bandung and then took a taxi to reach our final destination of Sumedang. Our first challenge was to find a hotel in a city where no tourist ever come! To add to the fun, it started raining. Now you might know rain, but maybe you don’t know what crazy tropical Indonesian rain shower is. This kind of rain leaves you no choice, after 1 minute you are soaking wet. In Indonesia we always walk around with a plastic bag in our pocket just in case it starts raining. So this day, we pulled our plastics bags out, shoved our mobile phones, money and anything that might get damaged by the water inside them, and started to walk towards one of the only hotels of the city. It was overpriced and horrible but hey, it had a roof to protect us from the rain. The next day we met Heru, the owner of the fair trade workshop we came here to film. Heru’s business is a family business, started by his father in the 1980′s. Heru took over after learning everything he knows from his father. His little workshop produces wooden handicrafts and offers a job to 12 artisans. They mostly sell their production ... Read More »

Pekerti: Fair Trade Wooden Handicrafts from Indonesia

Pekerti: Fair Trade Wooden Handicrafts from Indonesia

Photos by Wanwisa Taesuwan & Sandy Hermosa ©FairTradeConnection You can purchase these photos by contacting us: ronny@fairtradeconnection.org Read More »