- Published on 22 September 2014
You may have heard of the recent floods in Kashmir, where some of our papier mache artisans are based. Raja Mugloo, the producer, writes:
"It was like Tsunami and we didn't even get any time to move…we have never witnessed such devastating floods. One of my raw material suppliers Mehraj-udin, his entire property and goods were completely submerged in water. The overall loss of lives and property has been severe. Our shop in Srinigar was completely submerged under 15 ft of water. Everything is washed away! We have not been able to move everywhere as 80% of the roads are damaged and are still under water."
Thankfully none of Asha's artisans lost their lives, but the impact on their lives has been severe. Shared Earth is donating £1,000 to help them rebuild property and buy new raw materials such as paints and so on.
If you would like to make a donation yourself, they have set up a donation page.
- Published on 09 September 2014
Please join us on Sunday 28th September at 2:30pm when Mirabelle Maslin, author of Infants and Children: An introduction to emotional development will be at the shop for a talk and discussion. Free fair trade refreshments will be served.
A parent's ability to be able to see and understand things through the eyes of their child is fundamental.
The child will come to feel truly known by the parent, and the parent helps him or her to make sense of what surrounds them. And where can true comfort be found? True comfort arises from the knowledge of a relationship that is based on trust. And what about the needs of the child of the past that dwells inside each 'adult' state?
This new book from author and therapist Mirabelle Maslin opens up a whole new world of understanding for parents and carers.
Available to buy now at One World Shop £7.99
- Published on 21 August 2014
We have received new funding from the Community Jobs Fund for an office support position at One World Shop. This will be for 25 hours a week for 6 months, which includes weekday and weekend work. Unfortunately, due to restrictions set by the fund you must be aged between 20 - 24.
The role includes working with our small team to keep our customer records up to date, inputting orders and stock information, managing the social media accounts and other related jobs. No formal qualifications are necessary but a good knowledge of Microsoft Office, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, using and updating a database, and e-commerce would be an advantage. Ability to communicate effectively is a must.
To apply, please contact your local Job Centre Plus or Skills Development Scotland office. You need to complete a Referral Eligibility Form which they will provide.
Closing Date: 5th September 2014
- Published on 22 July 2014
Women across the world still face extraordinary discrimination in education, work and decision-making. Looking at Equal Exchange’s Coffee Grown by Women, the work of Get Paper Industries in Nepal and Weaving Destination’s work with trafficked women in India, we examine what more could be done in the world of Fair Trade, both at home and abroad.
This event is part of the Just Festival; speakers will include our very own Rachel Farey, Sarah Boyak MSP and Fiona Mailley from Equal Exchange.
- Published on 08 July 2014
Making small changes to your shopping habits such as spending less money in supermarkets and more in independent shops is a vital change that we all need to make to keep our local economy growing. Shopping online or out-of-town may save a little time or a little money, but for every £1 spent only 5p trickles back into the local economy.
When you swap one or two of your regularly purchased supermarket or chain store items; tea, coffee, birthday cards, for a fair trade version from an independent retailer can really make a huge difference to small shops like ours.
Buying locally supports local traders, their suppliers and the people they depend on to run their businesses. Buying locally boosts the local economy, rebuilding confidence in the community, enabling local businesses to prosper and grow. July is Independent Retailers month and it's never a more appropriate time to make the change. Statistics show that for every £1 spent with a local, independent business, between 50p-70p circulates back into that local economy.
For students, there's even more incentive with 10% discount all year round. Show us your valid student card and we'll knock 10% off as a thank you for being part of our community.
Buying from local, independent businesses be they shops, cafes, salons, restaurants, market traders or whatever means we each are doing 'our bit' to keep our high street, town or village centre 'open for business'. It is genuinely a case of 'use it or lose it'.