Apoq is a co-operative of over 250 banana farmers located in the northern coastal region of Peru. It is the latest of several banana co-operatives in the region to take out a Shared Interest loan to improve its production infrastructure.
By installing cableways and buying a water tanker and two new trucks Apoq will increase production and reduce losses.
This will enable them to pay the farmers more for their crops and invest more in social and environmental programmes.
Sales of Fairtrade products grew strongly in 2010 and wine sales almost tripled. Overall, it was a year of impressive growth for Fairtrade. Shoppers spent more than 4.36 billion Euros on Fairtrade products, up by 27 percent over 2009. Four products saw more than 100 percent growth.
To read the full article, please visit the Fairtrade International website.
This annual fair seems to have built up quite a crowd over the years and this year we decided to get involved. Organised by the Oxford Oxfam Group this fair brings together stallholders with a variety of fair trade and ethical gifts for sale alongside various campaigning and information organisations. With our new gift packs to offer it seemed like a great opportunity to get involved in this established event, and a great opportunity to take a peek at the Town Hall ahead of our AGM in March.
As usual the Brazil Nut candle from Candela made an interesting conversation starter with people, many of whom were surprised to hear of the work which goes into producing this festive fireside favourite. After explaining the process of retrieving the nuts those attending the fair were interested to hear how Shared Interest has supported Candela, and of course how they could get involved themselves. As well as meeting many prospective members there were plenty of existing members at the fair and it was great to meet them, including Imelda one of our most recent new members who was interested in our previous work outlined in QR.
By Edwin Anarcaya
My name is Edwin and I am the account manager for our customers from Latin America and North America. I am from Peru and moved to England in 2009 when I got married. Prior to moving to England I was working in accountancy and auditing for three years. Before joining Shared Interest I took English lessons and did voluntary work. My first volunteer work was helping to do the accounts of a small community centre in Newcastle (Success4all). Following this I started volunteering for Oxfam in Newcastle, working in their finance department. The experience of volunteering helped me a lot in terms of gaining confidence and also to adjust to the cultural differences between the UK and Peru. It also helped me to understand the differences in the work environment compared to my country. All of these experiences helped me to become part of Shared Interest.
Currently I am very happy working for an organisation with good social values. My job is very interesting and I manage customers from Peru, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Mexico. All of these customers are producers who need working capital to be able to export their products and being a fair trade organisation we offer a very low interest rate to them. Most of the people who are part of these producer groups are in rural or disadvantaged areas of their respective countries. As an account manager I’m in constant communication with our producers and, coming from a small village in the Peruvian Andes means I am able to understand how things work in terms of South American culture and working practices.
Recently Alvaro, the manager of one of the producer groups from Costa Rica, came to visit us. It was very interesting to meet him in person and to listen to him talking. Due to the language differences I acted as a translator during his visit. Meeting people from other countries with a similar culture to myself is very rewarding because I know that we are working together to improve the opportunities and the quality of life of these small producers.
In October 2011 the Sunderland Partnership celebrated four years as a registered Fairtrade City. The event, which was hosted at the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, was attended by 1,357 local fair trade enthusiasts.
The event was opened by Mags Vaughan, Business Director at Traidcraft. Following her introduction there were plenty of children’s fair trade activities and a fair trade marketplace.
Thank you to Jan, Pat and Judith who represented Shared Interest on the day. They said that they gained lots of genuine interest from the attendees on the day.
Last weekend, in support of farmers and artisans in Africa and Latin America, 27 courageous (and several terrified) individuals jumped off the Tyne Bridge to travel 230 metres at 25 miles per hour from Newcastle to Gateshead.
So why did they do it?
Shared Interest Foundation Manager, Andrea Van Wagtendonk explains:
“We ran the ZIP Across the Tyne challenge to raise money for Shared Interest Foundation. Those who took up the challenge raised money that will be used to help producers in the developing world create a sustainable income for their families.”
Volunteer Manager, Rachel Norman, was among a number of staff that got involved. She said “The zip wire was a really fun way to fundraise for a fantastic cause as well as raising the profile of the Shared Interest Foundation.”
The zip slide has been a great help to Shared Interest Foundation and in turn those that it supports. A big thank you to everyone involved from the organisers, Zip Slide UK, and the zip sliders themselves! If you would like to organise a fundraising activity for Shared Interest Foundation then please get in touch with your ideas.