Castleisland Community College teacher, Doreen Killington has issued an open invitation to the people of the locality to welcome a Fair Trade worker from Ghana to the college.
Hosting a Fair Trade Visitor
As part of Fair Trade fortnight, the college will be hosting a visit from Fairtrade Ireland on Wednesday, March 7th from 2-3pm in the school.
“Julia Arku-Mensah from the VREL Co-Op in Ghana will be part of this visit,” said Ms. Killington.
“The VREL co-op grows bananas on 450 hectares of land that employs 441 people – 358 in the field and processing workers and 83 administrative staff of which 28% are women.
Makes a Difference
“VREL was among the first banana producers to become Fair Trade certified. Ms. Arku-Mensah is the guest speaker and will relay to people how selling bananas on fairtrade terms makes a difference to the workers. For example: a box of fairtrade bananas yields $10.87 compared to non fair trade market prices of $6.70.
“A box of fairtrade organic bananas yields $12.41 versus $10.70 for non fair trade market prices.
Power in Our Pockets
“The premium that fair trade pays back to VREL has been spent in the community to improve areas in health and education. So please join us on Wednesday, March 7th in the community college and remember ‘The power is in your pocket,” reminded Ms. Killington.
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