Maria

Maria

Without Maria,
No Baby Alpaca Silk Project.

Met her father in Rio in 2013:
World Fair Trade Organisation Biennial Conference.

Agapita knows no English I speak no Spanish.
But he managed to tell me her daughter knows English.

And our photo arrived as soon as I reached home,
Via email promptly sent by her daughter.

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Maria, who gave up her IBM job to help her parents,
Pottery artisans, weavers, knitters, and many more.

After 180 days and 175 emails
Baby Alpaca Silk Collection 2014 was born.

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Baby Alpaca Silk Collection 2018
After much effort and despite reduced resources

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And now father and daughter say
They’ll build a home in hometown Quinua for Stephen and me to stay.

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FM:)
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Bitter Cup

2017.11.13 Bitter Cup

Four years have passed. If I had not looked up my logbook, I would not have remembered what this bitter cup was.

Super Typhoon Haiyan had attacked the Philippines. PFTC, Our fair trade raw sugar producer in Ililo was hard hit but they were still distributing relief and shared aids received with the people affected in the area.

Kablon Farms, our cacao producer in south Mindanao, was not affected but they generously decided to spend their Christmas party money for the year on relief in the northern part of the island.

Our fair trade producers, loving and caring people to salute to.

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FM:)
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What Luck

What Luck

What luck what luck what luck
Sending money can be costly
We pay charges on both sides
And still our supplier have to pay
PERU PERU PERU
So we send via Western Union
The lady in charge is very nice
She gave us a very special rate
Saying it is for fair trade!

FM:)
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