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Dominican Hosts Annual Fair Trade Fair

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Dominican University will host its annual Fair Trade Fair—just in time for the holidays—on Monday, November 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Social Hall, 7900 W. Division Street. The event will feature a wide range of products created by international artisans and sold by Chicago area organizations dedicated to sustainability, ethical production methods, and fair wages for workers across the world. In most cases, the products are sourced directly from artisans and brought to the United States.

Products from the following organizations will be featured:

- Chicago Fair Trade—Chicago’s fair trade coalition, partnering with Metropolis Coffee to sell organic coffee

- Enactus—selling coffee from an operation in Guatemala with which North Central College students have been involved for more than a dozen years

- Global Elements—selling handbags and accessories from Colombia, India and Vietnam

- Gracias Fair Trade—selling a wide range of fair trade products from around the world, including handwoven tapestries from Ecuador

- Greenheart Shop—a branch of Greenheart International, with a shop in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood, Greenheart sells products from as far away as Tunisia and as close as North Lawndale

- Heshima Kenya—an organization based in Nairobi serving the needs of unaccompanied refugee girls from Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Selling scarves created by girls enrolled in the Maisha Collective

- Huaywasi—selling handmade apparel, knitwear and accessories from Peru

- Justice Market—a ministry of The Compass Church, selling work by artisans who have been rescued or are at risk of human trafficking

- Noonday Collection—a socially responsible business selling a wide range of fashion items from around the world

- Sandpiper Imports—selling high quality sterling silver jewelry designed and handcrafted by artisans in Bali, Indonesia

- Soko Space—selling personal, home and garden items from Africa. Proceeds benefit art therapy programs and community libraries managed by Global Alliance for Africa, a Chicago-based organization operating in Kenya and Tanzania.

- Ten Thousand Villages—Oak Park branch of a network of more than 390 retail outlets throughout the U.S., selling products from over 130 artisan groups in 38 countries

- Tulia’s Artisan Gallery—selling home décor and accessories handcrafted by artisans in Colombia. 

The Fair Trade Fair is free of charge. For more information, contact Jessica Mackinnon, director of public information, Dominican University, at jmack@dom.edu.