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November 19, 2013

Area event fixes focus on fair trade

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“The fair trade movement has buying power, and we want to empower our buying to make a difference around the world,” Stow said.

The movement also helps to raise public consciousness about slave labor, child trafficking and other forms of exploitation that have been linked to cheap imported products turned out by workers in overseas sweatshops, she added.

When consumers buy items that have been certified as fair trade, they help ensure that a much greater share of the proceeds will be driven back to the artisans and laborers who produced those goods, O’Donnell and Stow said.

The international non-profit organizations that will be represented at Fair Trade Siesta include the Ninash Foundation, launched by State University College of Oneonta professor Ashok Malhotra in memory of his late wife, Nina.

The foundation seeks to expand literacy among children, especially girls, and funds from the sale will help pay for teachers’ salaries in rural India, the organizers said.

Also represented will be Mayan Hands, which works in Guatemala, Jolom Mayaetik, the weaving cooperative, and Art Matenwa of Haiti, a collaborative begun by Ellen LeBow, an artist from Wellfleet, Ma.

The Green Earth Community Room is located at 4 Market St., Oneonta.

More information about Fair Trade Fiesta is available by calling 434-2547 or 437-7158 or through the Facebook page Fair Trade Fiesta Oneonta.

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