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. 


A huge thank you to everyone who participated in our raffle for the Divine Easter Eggs and I am pleased to announce the lucky winners were Peter Davey and Gill Ansot.  A donation of £50 from the raffle will go to Traidcraft Exchange that works towards improving conditions for some of the poorest people in the developing world.

Seven years ago, Traidcraft began to work in Guatemala with CIPAC the co-operative which supplies our squeezy honey.  For CIPAC, Traidcraft is more than just a buyer.  It has invested in the co-op making it stronger and better for its members.  Fairtrade has brought funds for a hive-making workshop and fruit trees have been planted for nectar, with the bonus of sweet fruit at harvest time.

When Traidcraft started looking for a new coffee supplier, a sourcing team on a honey visit noted the high quality Arabica beans produced by CIPAC farmers as a cash crop.  Working to bring farmers up to Fairtrade standard for their coffee took time and patience.  But after seven years CIPAC now supplies the beans for Traidcraft’s instant coffee, sold throughout the UK.  If you would like to swap your regular coffee for a Fairtrade coffee, please ask to see the range of coffee, including decaffeinated, that we keep on our Traidcraft stall.                                                         Thank you for your continued support of Traidcraft.

Pauline Phillips



In Casamance life is hard.  It is the poorest region in Southern Senegal, West Africa and still feels the effects of a 30 year conflict where Senegal’s forests were a combat zone for separatist rebels and the army.

There are very few opportunities to earn a living and most people are barely able to grow enough food to feed their own families.  Just two years ago, when traders came to the village, the women used to strip trees and bushes for their fruit, damaging trees and destroying the forest.  With everyone selling at once and unsure when the traders would return, the price offered was barely worth the hours of hard work.  But two years on, assisted by Traidcraft Exchange funding and advice, these hard-working women have formed an association, giving them a shared voice and the power to set their own terms with traders.  Now, they regularly supply local businesses with fruit and are trying out new ventures to make money for their families and have learnt new ways to harvest without harming the forest they rely on.  Donations raised from our local fundraising, such as the Easter raffle, go towards helping these people.

Thank you for your continued support of Traidcraft.

Pauline Phillips                          

To read more about the work of Traidcraft click here