by Alanna Simone Tyler, Associate Pastor for Justice and Mission
Westminster’s 2021 Fair Trade Gift Fair on Sunday, November 21, will feature sustainably sourced and fairly-exchanged goods from a variety of vendors. The fair will begin at 9:15 am and run until 12:45 pm, with a break for worship from 10:30-11:30 am.
Through fair-trade arrangements, craftspeople and farmers are empowered to preserve their traditions and create better lives for their families and their communities. Global Mamas, founded in 2003 by six Ghanaian women, is one of the 2021 participating vendors. Their mission is to “create a life of prosperity for women across Ghana by creating and selling handmade fair-trade products.” Currently more than 300 Ghanaian women earn a livable wage through Global Mamas. When the pandemic disrupted their business, the talented women, affectionally referred to as “the mamas” produced close to 20,000 protective masks. This fall their Minneapolis-based staff generously donated colorful child-sized masks to St. David’s Harman Center.
Westminster did not host the fair in 2020. We are excited to again provide the opportunity for the Westminster community to purchase beautifully crafted goods. Each time we buy fair-trade goods, we help promote livable wages, skills training, and sustainable business development in support of our siblings around the world. The fair is free and open to the public so please invite your family and friends. To learn more email firstname.lastname@example.org.