by Lydia Zuraw
The Festival of Fair Trade features sweatshop-free handcrafts, clothing, jewelry and pottery from places like Nepal, Mexico, Chile, Guatemala, Pakistan and Spain. Purchases support artisan cooperatives, small farmers and sustainable economic development in the world's poorest regions.
Ganesh Himal Trading began the Festival of Fair Trade in Spokane in 1984. A local fair-trade business that markets products made by Tibetan refugees, women’s development projects and cottage industries in Nepal, Ganesh Himal products now sell in more than 200 retail stores across North America. They started the festival to bring attention to the concept of fair trade and give Spokane customers the opportunity to shop conscientiously.
Festival attendees will also be able to donate to various projects, like the Baseri Clinic in Nepal, or education funds for girls in Nepal and Chile.
The Festival of Fair Trade runs today through Sunday (Nov. 25-27) from 10 am to 5:30 pm in the Community Building (35 W. Main Ave.). Visit festivaloffairtrade.com or call 509-464-7677.