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BillS Cafe & Meeting Place
Every Wednesday's & Friday's

From 10am to 2.30pm
Hamilton Wesley Church Beaumont Street.

Come and have lots of fun, make new friends playing,
Canasta, Euchre, Scrabble, Draughts, Triva & More!
Social mornings every Wednesday 10am to 12-30pm.
Cafe open 10am to 2.30pm for delicious homemade cakes,
light refreshments, tea and coffee.
A chance to buy preloved books for $1.
Homemade james and pickles, plus Fairtrade Tea & Coffee.
Everyone welcome- Tell your friends


FAIR TRADE - WHAT IS IT?

We will start with a fairly standard definition as used by the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand.

"Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of marginalized producers and workers. Fair Trade organisations (backed by consumers) are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional international trade."

Basically the key principles of fair trade are:

* The creation of sustainable trading opportunities for disadvantaged producers in developing countries. These producers are often caught in the cycle of poverty because of unfair business practices forced on them by less scrupulous traders who view them only in terms of profitability.

* Payment of a fair price agreed upon by the producer and the purchaser. This payment ensures a fair wage in the local context is paid to workers with socially just and environmentally sound practices in place. Payment is often made prior to production to enable the producer to source materials without bearing this cost up front.

* Equal employment opportunity will mean that all workers will be valued and properly rewarded regardless of their sex, religion, caste or physical capacity.

* Working conditions will be safe and healthy. Co-operative ownership and decision making will be recognised and encouraged.

* There will be no exploitation of child labour.

* Better environmental practices will be encouraged and resources managed sustainably.

* Production and development of products based in cultural traditions and natural resources will be encouraged. This will help to preserve and develop traditional skills.

* Transparency in business practices with producer organisations, customers and other fair trade organisations. The sharing of management policies, business practices and product sources should be openly practiced within a framework of solidarity, trust and mutual respect.

* Promotion of fair trade in the local market to increase consumers' awareness of alternative trade as a means to change unfair international trade structures and improve the living conditions of the poor in developing countries.

To us fair trade means shopping for many products in a more ethical way. Buying a fair trade product does have an ongong positive impact to producers in developing countries.

Our suppliers practice:

Co-operative ownership, decision making and profit sharing.
Product development, marketing support and training in new techniques and skills.
Education programs and education payments to enable workers' children to attend school, social and community activities.
Health education and health and medical insurance schemes.
A canteen providing a healthy meal each day.
Schooling and child care facililties for workers' children.
The preservation and recording of traditional artefacts and techniques.
Business and language training to producers.
Sourcing of organic raw materials and development of markets for organic textiles.
Loans on favourable terms to producers to develop their enterprise.
Outsourcing to women in their home or within a village group where cultural or familial commitments prevent them from travelling away to work.

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