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In Bangladesh as we speak

January 20, 2015

... there is a huge political stand-off that's crippling the nation's capacity to earn a decent daily wage - and the leaders responsible it seems couldn't care less!

Earler this week the count was 31 dead, hundreds injured and over 7,000 arrested since the start of January '15. Why? This link gives a simple background and shows what a terrible scenario is unfolding in Bangladesh, even as we speak! Please take a few moments to read this brief article, Dozens...

2015 ... What's Next?

January 13, 2015

denim kantha cross body bagYep, I've been scurrying around a fair bit this last month or so - neglecting to blog :( BUT getting all manner of things in order for 2015 ... and it's looking good :)

First out of the gate are Motif's wholesale product ranges. Check out the 4 page spread in Minga Fair Trade's wholesale catalogue - sent out to over 2,500 retailers in the US and Canada (pages 32, 33

Fair Trade people are friendly people ... we like people ... it goes with fair trade territory!

So when we hear about people being treated unfairly our hackles tend to rise, our pulse quickens and we're likely the first on the scene for sign-up sheets, demos and letters to editors. The increased awareness of, and action in, human trafficking and other human rights issues makes this season of reflection and thankfulness a heartening one indeed. More hackles raised, pulses quickened, dynamic action taken and most importantly - lives healed.


Remembering ...

November 11, 2014

Today is the day around the globe we take time out to Remember, especially this 100th year since the end of World War 1.

In the UK a massive art installation of poppies at the Tower of London does what art does best - brings shared human emotion to life and reveals a path through each...

It's cold! At least on this part of the planet - SO, it's on with the warm layers, hot drinks and getting into ... a cardboard box for the night. Yes ... a cardboard box - and no, I'm not crazy.

Saturday night a few of us spent the night feeling just a very little of how millions of homeless people feel every night. We did it safe in the knowledge it was for one night only with a hot shower and good breakfast in store; there was a buzz of excitement you'd definitely not experience on the street.

Imagining ourselves into such a vulnerable place evoked feelings of loneliness, fear, wanting to cry, feeling unloved...

Well, you can't win 'em ALL the time right? RIGHT! But even when business is slow there's a boatload of fun to be had somewhere like the Green Festival. Since a few other vendors were feeling the same we had our own party going - even a little dancing in the aisles! - Thanks Ishi and Glass...

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