Lenzie resident with an Interest in fair trade

Shared Interest got some great press recently as a result of the efforts of Shared Interest ambassador Tracy Mitchell.  Below is a snippet with a link to the full article.  Well done Tracy!

Lenzie resident Tracy Mitchell is aiming to boost fair trade in Africa and Latin America through her work with Shared Interest, the world’s only 100 per cent fair trade lender.

Tracy recently introduced Jo Swinson to the work of Shared Interest, which is based around a simple but innovative idea: to provide a lending facility to fair trade businesses in the developing world.

Last year, Shared Interest lent over £30 million to 41 countries and the group has set itself an ambitious target to treble this amount by 2012. Shared Interest was recently recognised for its strong track record in Sustainable Development with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise – the most prestigious of the UK awards for outstanding business performance.

Tracy Mitchell said:

“The early stages of starting a business are difficult in any circumstances, but especially so if it is a fair trade business in a developing country. There is no lack of enterprising businessmen and women, but many struggle to keep themselves afloat while they wait for a cash return on their goods supplied to retail outlets.

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