Fairtrade Fortnight is the highlight of the year for the Fairtrade movement in the UK

2019 not only marks the momentous occasion of 25 years of Fairtrade, but the beginning of an ambitious three year campaign to introduce a living income for all. She Deserves a living income, the new campaign, will highlight the things we might take for granted (including treats like a new dress or chocolate!) in a world where many farmers and workers can’t afford life’s essentials.

What is Fairtrade Fortnight?

For two weeks each year, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to shine a spotlight on the people who grow our food and make our clothing. This year Fairtrade Fortnight is focusing on the people – in particular the women – who produce our clothing and grow the cocoa we love so much.

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Fairtrade since day one

People Tree has Fairtrade since it started in 1991. Every purchase makes a different and benefits our producers in many ways including: fair pay, equality in the work place, good working conditions and much more

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Farmers deserve a fair deal

Fairtrade is the only certifier to provide a safety net of a minimum price for farmers in times of global price decline plus a premium, an extra amount of money that goes direct to farmers to invest in business or community projects of their choice in their own communities. Looking for the Fairtrade Mark when you shop means that you can wear an outfit knowing you’ve supported a move towards a living income.

#SheDeserves: A living income

A living income means enough money to live a simple but dignified life, paying for essentials such as clothing, medicine and school. We believe this is not a luxury but a human right. At People Tree we support Assisi Garments, the company was set up to provide training and employment for deaf, mute and economically disadvantaged women. The partnership between People Tree and Assisi Garments helped to build the first GOTS certified supply chain in the developing world.

The focus of Assisi is not the women alone but their communities too. This is reflected in the various projects undertaken. In keeping with its mission, Assisi Garments invests in the community by supporting various social projects, including a cancer hospital and an AIDS rehabilitation center in South India.

“People Tree helped us to innovate and champion best business practices. Without this strong partnership, we could not achieve this. We’re supporting many families who earn their living making organic cotton clothing at Assisi Garments.”

Founder Sr Vineetha

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Treat yourself this Fairtrade fortnight

Here’s a quick 10 minute
Fairtrade Chocolate Fudge Recipe

Preparation 5 MINS

Cooking 5 MINS

Serving 50 pieces

Ingredients

397g can condensed milk

400g Fairtrade milk chocolate, roughly chopped

25g butter

100g Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Dark Muscovado Sugar

Decoration

2 x 40g Fairtrade crunchy chocolate bars

1.Lightly butter a 20cm square baking tin, line with baking parchment and set to one side. Spoon the condensed milk into a large, heavy based saucepan and add the milk chocolate, butter and sugar.

2.Gently heat, stirring all the time until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth and glossy. This should take around 5 minutes.

3.Carefully tip the hot mixture into the prepared tin and level off the top. Allow to cool for 30 minutes. Place the crunchy chocolate bars in a food bag and gently bash with a rolling pin into nice chunks. Scatter over the fudge and gently press down so that it stays in place. Chill for an hour or overnight until firm. Cut into 2cm x 4 cm pieces and serve.