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Just Trade UK is crowdfunding

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£4,615
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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

As UK retail shut down in March almost all of our wholesale orders were cancelled or postponed. Below you will find a step by step guide of our response.

- 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 artisans we work with 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. These orders have now been placed and will be arriving in the UK by the end of June.

- 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.

- 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.

- In Peru they have had some access to government grants. The first round of these were given when lockdown was predicted to end by 13th April and then another round distributed when it was extended to mid May. Lockdown is now confirmed in Peru until at least 30th June and there is no sign of any more help from the government. This change in situation prompted us to begin distributing emergency food parcels in Peru towards the end of May.

- We have calculated the costs of continuing these vital food parcels, please see below:

PERU COSTS

- We are providing 27 food parcels in Lima and 7 in the provinces.

- These parcels are feeding a total of approximately 130 people.

- The cost per round is $760 USD.

- We need to send 3 rounds of food parcels per month.

ECUADOR COSTS

- We are providing 12 food parcels to various communities across Ecuador.

- These parcels are feeding a total of approximately 48 people.

- The cost per round is $600 USD.

- We need to send 2 rounds of food parcels per month.

TOTAL COSTS

We are, therefore, looking to raise approximately $3500 per month to supply these food parcels.

It is worth noting, that the approximate number of people being fed by each of these food parcels is far lower than the real number. Our artisans have been generously dividing these parcels between their wider community as best as they can.

(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 UK1 month ago
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    Just Trade UK

    1 month ago

    A message from Agua Blanca: "Wishing you a very good afternoon. Sending greetings from the "PALO SANTO" entrepreneurs of the Agua Blanca community in Ecuador. (Elisa, Diana, Maribel, Dioselina and Lucia). We want to express our gratitude for the special donation you have made to us. Thank you for remembering us at this moment. This pandemic that we are going through has paralyzed all of our activities and we cannot trade at the moment. From the heart once again thank you very much and wishing you good luck in everything you do."

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  • Just Trade UK1 month ago
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    1 month ago

    Food parcels have now been distributed in Peru. (You can see the ladies thank you video over on our instagram highlights) Another round of food parcels will be heading out in Ecuador this week. We are upping the amount, as demand in the wider community is increasing. Thank you all so much for your support so far. (PICTURE: Lizet packing up food parcels in Lima, Peru)

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  • Just Trade UK2 months ago
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    2 months ago

    Yesterday we received a letter from the incredible team distributing the food packages in Ecuador. See our translation in the attached image. Please do get in contact if you'd like a bigger version to read.

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Page last updated on: 6/30/2020 20.10

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63

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jun 30, 2020

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jun 29, 2020

    Just keep going in these difficult times!

    £200.00

  • Peter & Dorothy Carling

    Peter & Dorothy Carling

    Jun 15, 2020

    We think this is an inspirational work - such blessings for everyone through it.

  • Tine

    Tine

    Jun 14, 2020

    I admire your amazingly respectful way of trading with your suppliers and makers. They work hard, and all of you deserve a little support in these difficult times. Keep up the good work!

    £30.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jun 14, 2020

    Just a little help towards the food parcels. I pray that these difficult times will end soon and that you can continue manufacturing the lovely jewellery

    £100.00

  • Phil

    Phil

    Jun 14, 2020

    May God bless your mission during these difficult times

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jun 8, 2020

    The way you are supporting your suppliers in these days is wondeful. Bless you all!!

    £20.00

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

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