Foyle Fairtrade’s special guest from Tanzania

This weekend, Foyle Fairtrade is delighted to be welcoming Anna Michael Mlay as their special guest for Fairtrade Fortnight, with two separate events planned for tomorrow and a talk to local schools scheduled for Monday.

Anna represents a Fairtrade coffee co-operative in Tanzania and will be speaking at two events tomorrow, March 5, and on Monday will be the keynote speaker at a Fairtrade event for the city’s secondary schools hosted by the Mayor.

Anna is Personnel Manager of Karagwe District Co-operative Union in Tanzania, a union of village-level co-operatives known as rural primary societies. It currently made up of 76 primary societies with 17,838 individual members.

Tomorrow morning, she will speak at ‘A Dialogue Event’ in the Rath Mor Centre, hosted in association with Creggan Enterprises and the Social Economy Agency.

The event starts at 10.30am and goes on until 12.30pm. It will focus on the role of Fairtrade, co-operatives and the social economy in generating an ethical and sustainable economic vision for our city and region in bleak times.

Later tomorrow evening there will be a more informal chance to hear Anna speak over a fairtrade cup of coffee in Café Del Mundo as part of ‘An Evening of Conversation, Poetry, Music & Craic’ reflecting on the city, Fairtrade, and global justice.

This event take place from 7pm until 9pm, and is organised by Foyle Ethical Investment Campaign. Both of these events are free and open to the public, so come along and get informed.

Commenting on Anna’s visit, a spokesperson for Foyle Fairtrade said: “Clearly Anna’s visit and these events are the primary focus of our activities this year but the demand for Fairtrade is on the up and up as is the energy within the campaign to achieve Fairtrade Status for the city by this time next year.

“In addition to Anna being here there are lots of in-store tastings and other promotions of Fairtrade products happening, so don’t just spectate, get involved.”