Shared Interest Society thanks members in Scotland
As part of our World Fair Trade Day celebrations Shared Interest
visited Glasgow to thank members in Scotland for their continued
Over 50 members joined Shared Interest at The Lighthouse in
Glasgow on Friday 9 May to mark World Fair Trade Day and hear from
the Society about their recent successes and plans for the
With around 1,000 investors across Scotland, and at least 150 in
the Glasgow area alone, Shared Interest will next year mark 25
years of ethical investment in unstable and disadvantaged parts of
Stephen Hayes is an investor with Shared Interest and lives in
Glasgow;one of the investors contributing to more than £2million of
ethical investment from members across Scotland:
"I was raised very close to Liverpool's docks, which brought
sailors from all over the world and this, together with my father's
tales of war service in Burma, made me aware of countries overseas
with needs far different to our own."
Stephen moved to Scotland in 1994. Working within international
health management, Stephen worked on a project with a hospital in
Kathmandu to enable their nurses to train in a UK high dependency
unit. He returned to Scotland in 2002.
"Through my work, I have been privileged to work in a broad
range of countries including Nigeria, Kenya and Tajikistan.
This gave me an acute awareness of the health and associated
issues, of women and children especially, in disadvantaged parts of
"It was during this time that I became aware of Shared
Interest. International aid strikes me as important but still
fails to address the issue of sustainability. This is why I
was immediately attracted to Shared Interest; the focus is
ultimately on supporting the development of fair trade enterprises
and co-operatives in low income countries. I support their
aim of encouraging businesses and therefore communities to become
economically stable on a long term basis."