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. 

TRAIDCRAFT  News - December 2017 - January 2018

Every year, around 15,000 women go missing in Nepal, many of whom are trafficked into the sex trade.  That is an average of around 40 young women and girls trafficked a day – and most are never seen again.  As part of Traidcraft’s “Show You Care” campaign, we are highlighting how partner organisations like ‘Get Paper Industry’ or GPI, have always been committed to delivering the benefits of trade to the people of Nepal.  GPI produces environmentally friendly handmade paper and felt products that we sell on our Traidcraft stall each month.  GPI not only pays a fair wage to it’s employees, but also offers vital protection for vulnerable women and girls.  As well as employing more than 500 women who might otherwise struggle to find work, its charity arm works to create a safety network for the women.  Prerana was one of the few to escape trafficking and has been supported by this organisation.  She was sold by her family and trafficked at the age of just nine – first forced to work in a travelling circus and then later sold to a brothel.  After suffering years of abuse she managed to escape and is now happily employed by GPI.  By buying Traidcraft products, you are helping women and girls like Prerana to experience a safer future.

Thank you for your continued support of Traidcraft and may I wish you a peaceful Christmas and New Year.                 

Pauline Phillips                                   


To read more about the work of Traidcraft click here