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Fordham Fair Trade gets rolling … literally

Areas of Study , Stories , Students Sustainable Business | Feb 12, 2013 |

Amani, the Fair Trade business run by Gabelli School students, is about to gain a new level of visibility on campus.

Have you seen the new kiosk cart that has been parked in the lobby of Hughes? Starting tomorrow, it will be full of Fair Trade merchandise, and Amani members will be on hand to connect equitably produced goods with socially conscious consumers. (You!)

Amani cart sales will happen every Wednesday from 12 noon to 4 p.m. in the Hughes lobby. (This week, hours are extended for pre-Valentine’s Day: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

What will you find on the cart?

Regular items include decorative stone pieces, wooden carvings and jewelry made by:

  • Trinity Jewelry Crafts (based in Nairobi, Kenya)
  • Nyabigena Soapstone Carvers (based in Nyamarambe, Kenya)
  • Levantate Mujer (based in Bolivia)

Plus, this week’s Valentine’s Day specials feature:

  • Wine glasses ($8 for one or $15 for two)
  • Heart-shaped soapstone boxes ($8, or $9 filled with chocolate-covered raisins)
  • Chocolate lollipops ($1) and chocolate-covered raisins ($2)

“All profits from the sale of goods, as well as any donations we receive, are reinvested directly into placing more orders with our artisans,” said Amani member Liz Andelora (GSB ’13). “The best way we can contribute to addressing the socioeconomic injustices faced by our partners is to continue to place orders with them, provide access to markets for their goods, and raise awareness about Fair Trade by sharing their stories.”

That’s where the cart comes in.

“It provides us with a new opportunity to spread awareness, extend our consumer base and develop new business initiatives,” Liz said. “The convenience of a cart-based system, as well as the cart’s prime location, will hopefully allow us to sell more of our products so that we can continue to support our artisans, continuing our advancement of their self-sufficiency, sense of dignity and earning of a livable wage.”

Support Fordham’s Amani team — and, by doing so, their Fair Trade business partners in other countries — by checking out the cart tomorrow or on an upcoming Wednesday.

For more information about Amani at Fordham, visit the group’s Facebook page.

To learn more about the Fair Trade courses at the Gabelli School that lead to international travel and participation in Amani, visit this page and look for the three entries connected with Fair Trade.




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