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Celebrate World Fair Trade Day

5/8/2009 12:00:00 AM

Tags: money, save, community

How you spend your money matters more than ever these days. Here’s an easy way to connect with your community and make your dollars count. 

Fair Trade supporters, consumers and retailers throughout the country will come together on Saturday, May 9, for the Fair Trade Resource Network's World Fair Trade Day, with planned activities such as organized discussions and breakfasts to raise awareness and discuss the benefits of Fair Trade. Although Fair Trade applies to many products, the day will highlight coffeeFair Trade is a way for buyers to develop lasting relationships with and fairly compensate artisans and farmers in developing countries. 

Supporters will celebrate Fair Trade’s accomplishments—enhancing the quality of life for people in developing countries—while taking a coffee break and enjoying Fair Trade products at any World Fair Trade Day site. Technically the event is just one day, but celebrations, seminars, mixers and breakfasts throughout the United States will lead to May 9. 

You can attend any of these events or start your own Fair Trade Day event in your local community, as long as at least one of the main drinks or food items served is certified by Transfair USA or produced by a member of the Fair Trade Federation. Starting your own event to honor developing countries, emerging artisans and hardworking farmers is easy and little training is necessary.

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