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Fairtrade Fortnight 2017

[ Posted on February 24, 2017 ]

Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 will run from 27th February to 12th March.

Fairtrade is an alternative approach to conventional trade and based on a partnership between  some of the most disadvantaged farmers and workers in the developing world and the people who buy their products. When farmers and workers can sell on Fairtrade terms, it provides them with a better opportunity to improve their lives and plan for their future.

Carrick-on-Shannon is a Fairtrade Town since 2011

“Fairtrade offers us a powerful way to reduce poverty through our everyday shopping”


The Carrick on Shannon Fairtrade Steering Group will be hosting awareness events  in the town to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight.  To mark this year’s launch,  there is a Fairtrade Coffee morning on Monday 27th February at 10.30am in Esquires Coffee House.  On  Thursday 9th March, 2017, Fairtrade Supporters are invited to assemble at Kellys Shop at 11.00am and will parade through the town to the Market Yard.


Haris and Heydi

This year, the Committee is pleased to welcome Heydi Janeth Espino Mairena, a  representative from the Soppexca Coffee Co-operative in Nicaragua. From a young age, Heydi helped out on her parents coffee farm during the harvest. She has completed many courses, thanks to financing by Soppexcca, including chocolate making techniques; norms and standards; microbiology; cocoa tasting; trade fairs and negotiations; administration and costs calculation; and traceability of food chains.

Since 2010, Heydi has been working for Soppexcca in their chocolate factory – a diversification project which was set up by Soppexcca as an addition to their new café in Jinotega.  There, Heydi is responsible for the chocolate production.

Heydi, together with representatives from Fairtrade Ireland will be speaking at the event in the Market Yard on Thursday, 9th March and all are welcome to attend and hear how supporting Fairtrade can make a huge difference to the lives of others in less well off places in the world.

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The Fairtrade Steering Group would like to take this opportunity to thank all the businesses and customers who continue to support this worthy cause.

When we come together we can change the way people think about trade and the products on our shelves – the Fairtrade movement is made up of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in their communities for Fairtrade.  Your actions help shoppers to make choices that change the lives of farmers and workers.

Join hundreds of others across Ireland this Fairtrade Fortnight to help our friends, neighbours, colleagues and communities to put Fairtrade in their basket and take exploitation out.

Choose Fairtrade And Change The World One Purchase At A Time.


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