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“Thanks to Fair Trade, my family now owns a house, all four of my children have finished primary school, and two are currently attending high school. Our situation has greatly improved.” Yldefonso Riva Trigoso, APARM cooperative, Peru
As I write this, children and adults in the U.S. from pre-school to college are going back to school. Having taught in public elementary schools, I remember very well the excitement and trepidation of late August.
Last evening I received a joyous email from Emmanuel Rwakagara the General Manager at COOPAC cooperative in Gisenyi, Rwanda. Emmanuel forwarded me an email from his Managing Director stating the results of a cupping competition that they recently won. The competition was put on by East African Fine Coffee Association (EAFCA). EAFCA is similar to the Specialty Coffee Association of America, but based
By Ashley Symons, Equal Exchange
I went to elementary school in the Midwest in the early ‘90s. Every fall, we entered the school gymnasium to get pumped up for our annual fundraiser. This kick-off event was meant to energize us to sell, with lures of all the prizes we could win if we sold the most candy bars, tubs of popcorn, or wrapping paper.