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Berwick has been a Fair Trade town since 2012 and its support has led to a better and healthier life for the people who provide the products and make the goods, which play a vital role.
Captain Catherine Lausland, the guest speaker at Berwick Rotary Club on Tuesday, explained that the system had been introduced because farmers felt they were not being given a proper payment for their efforts.
Berwick’s Parish Church is also a Fair Trade participant.
Catherine explained how the movement had grown after those involved badgered supermarkets, visited schools and shops and ensured that tea, coffee and many more items received a fair reward for the work put in. She said that after gaining its Fair Trade classification Berwick had been unable to add the words to its existing signage.
Glaumley Crafts were added to the goods sold and social awareness steadily increased. As a result people were able to build schools, water supplies and toilet blocks, as well as improve living standards.
Catherine visited Ghana to hear the stories of those playing in the scheme, and later went to Peru, where goods made of coloured alpaca wools were used. Women were showing their skills in traditional crafts and making money for themselves.
The focus was on being paid promptly and fairly. She said Fair Trade was well worth supporting.