Traidcraft - September 2020

In the last few months, we in the UK have stayed at home and avoided contact with others wherever possible. However, being able to stay safe by socially distancing is a privilege, made possible by financial stability and government support. For many people across the world, it’s simply not possible.

When you live in poverty, the reality is that you survive by working together in communities, not by retreating into isolation.

That is why setting up associations and farmers' groups is an integral part of how Traidcraft Exchange helps people in poverty to recover from this crisis – because people are stronger when they unite. At the moment, the practical side of this may look a little different – smaller numbers and outdoor meetings – but the aims remain the same.

In isolation, farmers and artisans are vulnerable to exploitation. They can’t access government help, or take collective action. If people can join new groups, demand fair prices, buy and sell collectively, and build up savings, then it is these saving schemes which are helping people not just to survive, but to begin the long road to recovery.

Modhumita is proof of this. She joined a farmers' group in Bangladesh and has been relying on her group throughout lockdown. She says:  “We can survive with the money from our farmers group. We will survive somehow.”

These groups can help with more than basic survival. Joint savings schemes mean people can invest in their futures – buying new seeds or better farming equipment which they otherwise couldn't afford.

With your help Traidcraft can reach more communities like Modhumita’s and support them to set up life changing farmers’ associations.

If you feel compelled to take action, please, consider a donation, or get in contact with Traidcraft for ways you can support them from the safety of your own home.

At the moment and for the foreseeable future, we are unable to run our monthly Traidcraft stall in the Porch Room; however, we are taking orders. If you would like to order anything, please contact me or Deborah Smith. (01453 883611)

Jackie Natt 01453 731018