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Fair Trade Fair Features Work by International Artisans

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Dominican University will host its annual Fair Trade Fair—just in time for the holidays—on Tuesday, November 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 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—the largest fair trade coalition in the country, selling products from several member organizations
  • Enactus/NCC—selling coffee from an operation in Guatemala with which North Central College students have been involved for more than a dozen years
  • Tree of Life—selling products from Guatemala, El Salvador and other Latin American communities
  • Gracias Fair Trade—selling a wide range of fair trade products from around the world, including handwoven tapestries from Ecuador
  • Greenheart Shop—Chicago branch of Greenheart International, selling products from as far away as Tunisia and as close as North Lawndale
  • HHP (Helping Hand Partners)—an organization partnering with social enterprises in the US and selling high-end bags, accessories and jewelry created by artisans in Cambodia, Guatemala, Ecuador and Viet Nam
  • RefuSHE—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 in its training program
  • 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.
  • Sweet Beginnings-Beelove—a subsidiary of North Lawndale Employment Network, an organization providing jobs for formerly incarcerated individuals, selling skincare products incorporating urban honey.
  • 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.

Expiration: 11/13/2018

 

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