TRAIDCRAFT - Making a Difference

Here at St Mary's we support Traidcraft which runs projects with poor and marginalised producers by helping them to grow and sell their produce. Many workers' lives are transformed through the work of Traidcraft which reduces poverty by raising farm incomes and generating employment. Once a month the Traidcraft stall is in the Church Hall, at coffee time after the 9.45am service, with a wide range of products. But you don't have to wait until the stall is in the hall as Pauline is always happy to take orders for items from stock at other times. Why not ask to see a Traidcraft Catalogue which contains lovely fashion and gift items and order something special. 


Good news is a great way to start a New Year and I am very pleased to be able to tell you that the Board of Directors of Traidcraft have listened to their supporters and have agreed to continue trading but on a much reduced level.  In fact, they have now only 12 staff dealing with the orders, packing and customer accounts and we were asked not to call them at the beginning of January, as they would not be able to deal with a sudden influx of orders.  Apparently, last year they had a massive 700 calls in the first week of trading!

From what I understand, Traidcraft are no longer intending to be front-line traders for the craft producers but they are trying to find other companies who would be willing to set up partnerships with these people.  This means that Traidcraft will now be focusing on grocery items and intend to offerbetter discounts for bulk buying.  Over the coming months, it will be interesting to see what this actually means for small stall-holders such as ourselves, but I am sure that with the support of our many loyal customers we will have another successful year.

In the meantime, may I wish you a happy and healthy New Year.

Thank you for your continued support of Traidcraft.

Pauline Phillips                          

To read more about the work of Traidcraft click here