BAFTS in the Press

We are delighted to add an article about the visit of a lady called Megumi from Zushi, Japan”s Third Fair Trade Town, to Haworth, sent in from Rita Verity at Sonia’s Smile. We have been asked to acknowledge Liz Barker at the Worth and Aire Valley magazines as she donates lots of space for Fairtrade purposes, and the magazines are distributed to 20,000 households. Here’s the link to the visit: Megumi visit to Haworth. (2017)

1 Fair Trade Breakfast poster A4 2018 Please see this poster of a Fairtrade Fortnight event 2018 by Bread of Life Centre on Saturday 24th February 2018 a Fairtrade Breakfast from 10am-1pm at the Bread of Life Fair Trade Centre, Christ Church, 263 Barry Road, East Dulwich SE22 0JT.

This article (2017) is about Lacorine’s Alpaca hats worn by Royal Princess Kate Middleton and points out how owner of this BAFTS’ supplier business, Antonia Jacob-Valentin, had an impoverished background in a shanty town in Peru, and uses alpacas which would otherwise die naturally in the harsh winter weather.

Awards PhotoGreat news! Ian Snow Ltd has just won (4 February 2018) the Gift of the Year Award at NEC Birmingham in the Category of Kitchen and Dining for their recycled apron from a WFTO Guaranteed producer in Bangladesh. Ian was there to be presented with the award by Rory Bremner and Kathryn James managing director of the NEC Group on behalf of the Ian Snow team.

Information from the Ian Snow website states that:

KT028_025_grande“For the stylish gardener, artist or cook in your life, this recycled apron is a must-have. Handmade in a pinafore style in classic denim, the design is not only clever, but practical. The hard-wearing denim ensures a protective garment, whilst the recycled element guarantees style as each one is a unique reworking of timeless work wear.

Supplier Info: This supplier from Bangladesh employs over two thousand artisans, half of whom work in factories, five hundred are home workers and the rest are sub-contractors and over one hundred support staff. The production is done by women, and men are hired for support work only. The artisans come from rural areas and are mainly poor women, widows or divorcees whilst the support teams are highly skilled experts in their specialist fields. All employees receive many benefits in addition to their wages which include: Provident Fund pensions. gratuity, medical allowance, annual leave and a share of the profits. All products are handmade from natural materials with natural and AZO free dyes. 2% of the profit from this company is used every year for community development for things such as school resources and environment-enhancing plants. This company is certified as Guaranteed Fair Trade by the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO).”


Glasgow University Retail Company Ltd is trail blazing with its sale of Fair Trade, sustainable bags and purses made in Malawi because instead of pocketing the profits, it is using them to fund female scholarships at the College of Medicine in Malawi. In September, an order of 300 items – a padded reversible messenger bag, suitable for women and men, a safari bag and a purse, all with university logos, went on sale and after three months, a third had been sold.


The products are made by a Women’s Enterprise and registered charity (2014) called Chanasa (Compassion), based in the poor suburbs of Blantyre, the 2nd city of Malawi. Its reputation of fulfilling orders, which has included the SOKO Fund, a small Scottish charity that provides female university scholarships in Malawi, the College of Medicine 25th Anniversary products and products for the Ministries of Gender and Transport, all in Malawi, is being built.

Chifundo UK, a sister charity (registered 2015) is agent for Chanasa and wishes to promote the sale of products in Scotland and the rest of the UK as a means of funding female school, university/college scholarships in Malawi, without necessarily incurring any costs for school, universities, colleges and companies, who decide to sell them. Matthew Williams, the Glasgow University Gift Shop manager said, ‘Chanasa products are attractive and well made and we are pleased to be able to practice the philanthropy, for which this university and the city of Glasgow has always been known.’ Enquires with email to www.chanasachifundomalawi.org  Susan Flynn (Chair Chifundo UK)


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