Just Fare Market Discusses Fair Trade

Monday Morning
We had 18 members at Monday’s meeting along with our guest speakers Carol and Cathy from Just Fare. “Happy Bucks” were offered by Gary Miller, one for a successful St. Baldrick’s event last Sunday and one for a successful Friends of Taylor Park Pool fund raiser Blues Concert last Saturday night and Dan Leeds for a successful “Souped Up” fundraiser last week. Dan Leeds was the 50/50 Raffle winner and he drew the Four of Spades, not a winner. Next Monday’s game will have 31 cards, eight pay cards and a pot of at least $268.

Just Fare Market
Just Fare Market is a non-profit, volunteer, non-denominational, 501(c)(3) retail link in the Fair Trade chain, partnering with wholesalers and artisans and farmers in the developing world to ensure: a fair price for products, empowerment and self-sufficiency, investment in communities and gender equity. Fair Trade encourages environmentally sustainable practices throughout the entire trading chain. Just Fare Market is a faith based nonprofit organization improving lives through global partnerships and fair trade.
They strive to:

  • Educate our community about the social and environmental consequences of a globalized economy and the benefits of Fair Trade.
  • Encourage people to become more mindful of how, where and by whom the products they are buying and consuming are produced.
  • Provide an outlet to market Fair Trade handicrafts, clothing, and food prod-ucts created by artisans and farmers in developing countries.

Many of the individuals involved in Just Fare Market participate because of the heart-felt dilemma of living in a world of God’s great abundance where we have enough–or more than enough–and others do not. They believe in empowerment rather than dependency as a way to address this inequity in resources and lifestyle.
It may seem as if what is being done is small, but for every T-shirt purchased, a seamstress can support her children. She purchases the cotton from a local farmer, who can provide for his family. The farmer purchases from others, and the chain of hope continues on and on. The chain goes on for generations, as these individuals are able to educate their children. Those children gain the tools and skills to make their hopes and dream a reality.