Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Fair trade sweater sale supports Bolivian women

Last year we interviewed some lovely volunteers from a fair trade organization called Minkha Sweaters, and they're having a sale on March 12! Details below.

Canadian volunteers sell Minkha alpaca sweaters that are hand knit by a women's cooperative in Bolivia. All profits are returned to the Bolivian women through the efforts of Canadian volunteers.

Worldwide, about 70% of fair trade artisans are women. When women have the opportunity to earn an income, they gain increased control over their family's spending priorities. Studies show that when women earn money, they most often use this income to improve the lives of their children. This results in better schooling, healthier food and improved health care for families, which helps to directly end the cycle of poverty.

Minkha Fair Trade Sweater Sale

Saturday, March 12, 2011
10am - 4pm
Strathcona Community Centre
277 Strathcona Drive SW, Calgary

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