Building sustainable support for fair trade businesses
This year, we began the East Africa Governance
and Finance Training Project, a two-year project involving
20 producer organisations from the coffee, tea, cocoa and
handcraft sectors in Uganda and Kenya. Twelve of these
organisations are existing customers of Shared Interest
Society. So far, the project has seen us deliver
governance training to 100 individuals.
Improving producer livelihoods in Swaziland
Our four-year project with Swaziland International Fair
Trade (SWIFT) is ending. To date, the project has
supported 7,607 rural producers and artisans. This year,
we supported 2,240 handcraft producers including 1,930
Building sustainable futures for the handcraft sector in Rwanda
In November 2017, we came to the end of a two-year
project in partnership with the Rwanda Forum for
Alternative Trade (RWAFAT) to support the handcraft
sector. Within these final months, 20 producers from 10
co-operatives attended a two-day training course, which
provided them with skills to develop a business plan and
build their business management capacity.
Providing sustainable solutions to poverty in Malawi
In 2016, we started a three-year project in partnership with Malawi Fairtrade Network (MFTN). Over the past year, we delivered training and mentoring to five co-operatives, with the aim of supporting them to increase their farm yield and improve their sales and income.
In September, we launched two new projects which will be implemented within the next financial year.
Crafting Fairer Futures
This project will provide business support and product diversification training to 100 women who sell their products at the Manzini Bus Station in central Swaziland, enabling them to increase their income from sales and better meet the needs of their family.
Bees for business
In Burkina Faso we launched Bees for Business funded
through a restricted donation from Mr T.M. Dickety.
Through this one year project we are supporting 50
women in rural Burkina Faso to train to become
beekeepers and develop a sustainable source of income
to support their family through the sale of honey.
You can download the Appendix for Aim 1 using the links below:
2. Shared Interest Foundation Accounts
Read the full version of the report here.