‘Many hands made it possible’

Fair trade sale raises $40,000 for poorest artisans

Local organizer Laura Baerg

Local organizer Laura Baerg

Shoppers in 100 Mile House showed tremendous support for a worthy cause again this year, raising $40,000 in five days of shopping at the Ten Thousand Villages Fair Trade Sale.

The sale ran for a fourth year in 100 Mile House from Nov. 18-22.

Ten Thousand Villages, a non-profit fair-trade organization, partners with artisans in some of the poorest countries around the world and offers them a sustainable income for their fair-trade products.

Last year, the shopping event raised $49,000 over 10 days. The funds provide for basic needs in developing countries, such as food, water, health care, education and housing.

“What an incredibly generous and caring community this is,” says local organizer Laura Baerg. “I am so thankful for all the volunteers, and all those involved.”

Many hands made it possible, and a huge difference has been made, Baerg adds.

“Thank you for supporting artisans in some of the poorest countries around the world and [thank you] for offering them hope and dignity. Thank you for standing up for freedom and being a voice for fair trade by supporting the Ten Thousand Villages Fair Trade Sale.”