Jewelry from Nepal, baskets from Ghana and greeting cards from the Philippines are some of the goods that will be sold at fair value this month in Nanaimo.
Global Village Nanaimo, a local non-profit, is acknowledging Fair Trade Month in Canada with a pop-up store at Nanaimo North Town Centre.
According to a press release from Global Village, fair trade contributes to sustainable development by offering better business opportunities for marginalized producers and workers in the global south.
“Even though most of the countries supplying fair trade items are facing extreme COVID lockdowns, the artisans and workers are still producing the beautiful and unique items that will provide dignity and income for education,” the press release noted.
Global Village Nanaimo says its efforts are having an obvious impact, as in several cases, it is the only Canadian buyer.
In addition to the aforementioned items, the store sells wooden kitchen items from India and Vietnam, a range of spices, teas and chocolates, and more.
“Over the years, the products have become increasingly useful and appealing to our Canadian West Coast lifestyles,” noted the release.
The store is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sundays and holidays. It opened May 7 and will close for the season after June 10.