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Knit one, brew one and transform a farmer’s life

Get creative and help transform the lives of smallholder farmers in South Asia, by hosting a Traidcraft Big Brew tea party for Fairtrade Fortnight ...

Churches across the UK are being urged to get creative and help transform the lives of smallholder farmers in South Asia, by hosting a Traidcraft Big Brew tea party for Fairtrade Fortnight 2013 (25 February-10 March).

Traidcraft, the UK’s leading Fairtrade organisation and a founding member of the Fairtrade Foundation, is calling on all churches to get together and be inspired over a welcoming cup of fairly traded cup or coffee - whilst dusting off their knitting needles to create smallholder ‘mug hugs’ to collect donations and raise awareness of the organisation’s work.

Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world – small businesses here have the potential to provide opportunities for work and reduce poverty, particularly for poor people in Bangladesh who rely on seasonal work. But with a lack of business support, including investment and training, people remain trapped in poverty and become increasingly marginalised.

Traidcraft’s project in Northern Bangladesh is encouraging small businesses and poor producers to work together to improve their situation. Working collectively means small holders can share the cost of buying materials they need, gain access to better markets and negotiate more effectively with buyers.

As well as increasing incomes, the project is empowering poor workers to demand their rights to a fair price, a fair wage, decent living and working conditions and access to better health care.

Funds raised from the Traidcraft Big Brew are essential in helping to transform the lives of women like Moli Chiran – a smallholder in Charbangalia village in Bangladesh.

Moli has said: “I did not know about quality seeds or improved techniques. My yield has increased now by around 25% and the quality of produce is also better, that is why I get a better price.”

A Traidcraft Big Brew resource pack, which contains posters, invitations, fundraising guide and paper collection box can be downloaded for free at



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