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Weʼre raising £7,000 to help vulnerable communities during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Many of our customers have been asking how they can help our artisans at this difficult time. Due to the exceptional and unprecedented scale of the current situation, we have decided to set up a JustGiving page to offer support to those most in need.

JUST TRADE’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19

FEBRUARY/MARCH

- As the UK went into lockdown, almost all of our wholesale orders were cancelled or postponed.

- Thankfully, foreseeing long-term issues with shipping to the UK, we allocated as much work as possible to our artisans in February. We have paid in full for all of this work, whether our artisans were able to make these products or not.

- The team in India were able to secure sponsorship from a Canadian charity, to pay for the production of 20,000 face masks for their local community. We ensured them that once we were confident their local community was provided for, we would place orders for masks to keep providing them with work. You can now buy these masks over on our retail website.(trade customers can order them through our wholesale website)

- The fair trade production unit we work with in Vietnam were largely able to continue production, and have been provided with additional work, manufacturing masks, for a number of other fair trade companies.

- As the situation progressed through March we allocated forward orders to artisans in South America. Paying in advance for products they will make and ship whenever it is safe for them to do so in the future.

- We worked closely with the project leaders in Peru and Ecuador to identify artisans that were most vulnerable at this point and distributed emergency grants.

APRIL

- The situation in South America began to rapidly deteriorate at the beginning of April. This is when we organised our first round of emergency food parcels to the communities in Ecuador.

- Realising the need for regular food parcels would only increase from April onwards, and unable to allocate any more work, we created a JustGiving page to help us provide this service long term.

MAY

- In Peru they have had some access to government grants, but not since May. This change in situation prompted us to begin distributing emergency food parcels in Peru towards the end of May.

- We calculated the costs of continuing these vital food parcels to be $3500 per month. You can see the breakdown of these costs here. We are providing 27 food parcels in Peru and 12 food parcels in Ecuador, feeding a total of approximately 178 people. (It is worth noting, that number is an underestimate. Our artisans have been generously dividing these parcels between their wider community as best as they can)

JUNE

- Food parcels have continued to be distributed.

- We received the masks from India. Access to necessities like sanitary products has become increasingly difficult over the last few months. The women at Flowering Desert have temporarily turned production focus to making reusable sanitary towels for local women. We will be sponsoring them to create a stock of these towels for all 78 women living at the refuge.

- We were able to help pay for Paty and Tabitha’s return to Lima and the rest of their family, they had been stuck 1000km away from home, in Arequipa since the beginning of lockdown.

- We are heart broken to say the team in Ecuador lost a loved one in June. We have helped pay for tests for the family affected (tests are mandatory for families affected, but cost approx $100 each)

JULY

- Wholesale orders have begun to trickle in, we are working with the teams who are still able to work to safely start production again.

- Food parcels have continued to be distributed. It was Peruvian Independence Day on 28th July, we were able to provide a special round of food parcels to help the team celebrate.

AUGUST

- India has been put back in lockdown, no one is allowed in or out of the refuge. Production has been completely stopped again. We have ensured the women we will cover wages for this time they are unable to work, and make sure that the refuge is supplied with food.

(Pictured: Holger and his family in Ecuador)

LETTER FROM ECUADOR: https://www.justtrade.co.uk/single-post/2020/05/05/A-Letter-from-Ecuador

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  • Just Trade UK2 months ago
    Just Trade UK

    Just Trade UK

    2 months ago

    ECUADOR UPDATE - The virus is ravaging South America right now and the team in Ecuador are right at the heart of the fight. We’ve been told hospitals have refused to admit anyone over the age of 50, and queues for beds are 85 people deep. Globally, families and communities are losing loved ones at a heartbreaking rate to this pandemic. Our hearts are breaking for the team in Ecuador, as they grieve this week.

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  • Just Trade UK2 months ago
    Just Trade UK

    Just Trade UK

    2 months ago

    PERU UPDATE - Paty and Tabitha, who some of you may remember have been stuck 1000km away from home, in Arequipa since the beginning of lockdown, are finally back in Lima, and unbelievably relived to be reunited with the rest of their family.

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  • Just Trade UK2 months ago
    Just Trade UK

    Just Trade UK

    2 months ago

    INDIA UPDATE - Access to necessities like sanitary products has become increasingly difficult over the last few months. The incredibly talented women at the Flowering Desert Project have temporarily turned production focus to making reusable sanitary towels for local women. We will be sponsoring them to create a stock of these towels for all 78 women living at the refuge.

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5 months ago

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    Anonymous

    Aug 14, 2020

    £20.00

  • Samantha Preston

    Samantha Preston

    Aug 13, 2020

    Well done for setting this up. x

    £100.00

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    Aug 12, 2020

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  • Alice

    Alice

    Aug 1, 2020

    Excellent cause! Well done guys!

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Just Trade collaborates with artisans around the world to create handmade, fair trade jewellery and accessories.

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