We have been very lucky to be welcomed into The Fair Trader ~ a fair trade and personally curated store in North cote. You can find a selection of Shy Hero garments in store. Bronwyn started the Fair Trader and we think she is a Shy Hero so we want to tell you a bit about her and her values.
Bronwyn ~ What made you start The Fair Trader?
We started The Fair Trader after travelling. We were both born in poor communities overseas. Poverty in Australia is not like poverty in nations with economic challenges or poor governance. Imagine going to the hospital and finding there were no medications there. Or having to wait to enter the hospital because the road had washed away. One hospital my Father visited in North Korea was still using a well for it's water supply. My daughter Claire worked in a hospital in Indonesia where the ED did not even have an ECG machine.
Seeing poverty and understanding that aid is only a bandaid solution, we started The Fair Trader to try to use Just Trade as a vehicle to bring work and income to communities with huge economic challenges. The income gives each community we support a chance to control their own development, and answer their own needs.
How are you a Shy Hero?
I think the Shy Hero is actually my husband John. He works quietly behind the scenes doing everything that needs to be done. He is financially supporting myself and the shop. John grew up in Bangladesh and is well aware of poverty and it's impact.
He took me to Bangladesh after we married. His parents were still working there. While I was there I was able to to travel into country areas where John's Parents were working. I was especially concerned with the life path of women in rural Bangladesh. It seemed to me that their life choices were taken from them first by fathers and then by husbands. I love that Fair Trade employs women and pays them the same wage as men as well as insisting that business decisions are made by all employees, women and men. Giving women an income gives a dignity and a voice. A woman earning, has the power to leave an abusive situation, She can seek maternity care and pay for education for her daughters. A living wage gives her respect and freedom. John and I love this!
How can people find out more about you and Fair Trade?
There is information about Fair Trade on the United Nations web site. This is a good article: https://www.fairtradefederation.org/fair-trade-and-the-un/
The Fair Trader talks about Fair Trade on our blog site. The Fair Trader Team are passionate about Fair Trade and love to talk about our products and how they help! Look us us at
https://thefairtraderstore.com.au/ We would love feedback too!
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