KKG to help Tsunami Survivors in Sri Lanka

The team from the KKG is currently managing funds given by The Foreign Affairs which were collected during l-Istrina of 2004 after the horrible natural disaster of teh Tsunami of December 2004.

KKG is giving this funds to CRUF to set up a large livelihood development program for the unemployed victims to wrk in a Textile factory program to address this unemployment problem. CRUF is setting out a number of different product options in the Textile factory program and market the production to both existing customers in the Fair Trade family (since CRUF was founded by Gospel House which is an IFAT licienced fairtrade cooperative) and also to other commercial contacts that GH has built up. The Product lines would be fabric toys, accessories, bags, simple children's garments etc. This will create permanent employment under fair trade conditions for 85 women in the Tsunami area. Moreover, we will not just be giving them funds for a finite project but this project will help them get the financial ball rolling.


Women's Rights through Fair Trade at L-Arka

On Wednesday 8th March, the volunteers of the Maltese fair trade cooperative are promoting a series of small initiatives to highlight the advantages of fair trade for women in the Global South. The activities at the L-Arka Fair Trade Shop, 306, St. Paul Street, Valletta, will focus on "Empowering women to claim their rights through fair trade" and are being coordinated by Maltese and other European volunteers.

Two videos about how women are claiming their rights through fair trade will be shown during the day. And free leaflets will be distributed about how women are moving from marginalisation to empowerment through the fair trade network. As consumers, the general public can use its spending power to support women associations that are marginalised because of the current unfair world trading system. Shopping fair trade products is one way of doing so.

There will also be free sampling of fair trade products.

The world shop L-Arka is open between 9.00am and 1.00pm and between 4.30pm and 6.30pm.

Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South. Fair Trade is more than just trading: it proves that greater justice in world trade is possible. It highlights the need for change in the rules and practice of conventional trade and shows how a successful business can also put people first.


KKĠ Sri Lanka Tsunami Project Proposal Approved

A project proposed by Koperattiva Kummerċ Ġust is one of the seven projects selected by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, in conjunction with the Ministerial Advisory Committee, to benefit from the Tsunami Relief Fund. After issuing a call for Expressions of Interest last February, the ministry received a total of 14 project proposals for evaluation. The seven projects were chosen following a selection process of long-term humanitarian and/or development assistance projects in Sri Lanka.

The KKĠ project aims to set up income generation projects focused on the fishermen and their families to empower them to be less dependent until such time their livelihoods is restored.


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