BAFTS in the Press
FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT CHIFUNDO: A NEW PHILANTHROPY FOR FAIR TRADE FORTNIGHT 2018
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)
Our very own Jan Tucker (Fair Do’s/ Siopa Teg) appears as a long-term fair trader in the June Traidcraft Bulletin 18. It is quite small so you may have to zoom in! Will try and get a better copy from Traidcraft themselves!