Our Co-operative Projects

Co-operation with local CHARITIES

A local member, David Greenwood-Haigh, introduced us to Hands of Hope, a Wakefield-based charity which raises about £9000 per year to support three schools and a hospital in Haiti. They arranged for Pastor Jean-Claude Desinor from Port de Paix in North West Haiti to talk to our members at an evening event in the shop. He gave a moving account of life in this part of the poorest country in the western hemisphere, still struggling in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, the subsequent cholera epidemic and the 2012 tropical storms. He now hopes to establish a vocational training centre in the near future and toured the shop to get ideas for products they might make and sell to us once the centre is established. We discussed the assistance we could give him in areas like technical advice, design, packaging and marketing in the UK. Those attending were inspired by the Pastor’s vision and the potential for a long-term partnership with Hands of Hope, a brilliant little charity with no paid staff or administrative costs.

David of Coeur du Xocolat Ltd has already produced a beautifully-illustrated Haitian cookbook sold in aid of the charity, and is now looking to help the Pastor set up a cocoa co-operative along the lines of Divine Chocolate, for whom he used to work.

fair trader members, including Chelmsford Star Co-operative who gave us the raffle and gate money from their Fairtrade Fortnight event, have raised a total of £1019 for the Pastor’s work. David’s cookbook, a gospel choir CD, and lovely framed prints produced in the Pastor’s local community are all available from the shop and online on request to info@fairtrader.coop.

Co-operation with local SCHOOLS

fair trader is a trust partner of the Aspire Co-operative Learning Trust in Huddersfield and works with its staff and students to encourage fair trade. They held a competition for the best soup recipe containing Fairtrade ingredients, and the semi-finalists’ products were tasted and marked by the public at a stall at their local street party. The winning recipe was a hot chocolate soup and this was served up to co-operators from across the world at the Chelmsford co-op stand at the Co-operatives United World Expo in Manchester in 2012. We are now hoping to find a partner who will produce the product commercially for sale through the school and the other trustees (Huddersfield Town Football Club, Sheffield Hallam and Huddersfield Universities, and New College Huddersfield). Click here for a copy of the recipe and the story behind the ingredients.

Co-operation with local SUPPLIERS

The fabulous new Yaccabe clothing range represents an important milestone in realising our members’ vision for their co-operative. Since the inception of fair trader, it has been our aim to support young local talent as well as offering a way for developing world communities to help themselves through trade rather than aid – and the Yaccabe range does both. Local lass Sarah, who graduated from Leeds University with a BA Hons in Fashion Design, has produced garments that are truly exclusive – individually designed and hand-made by Sarah using beautiful hand-dyed or printed fabrics from African family businesses and artisans in Ghana, The Gambia, Kenya, and South Africa. This network of suppliers has been built up over 20 years by our Meltham-based supplier Magie Relph for patchwork and quilting specialists who have long recognised how special they are. They are produced in small batches of under five metres so every garment is different. Magie ensures she only works with producers paying fair wages and using environmentally safe dyes.

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