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Zoe

I come from a family where ethics have always been at the forefront of many plans and projects. I have two brothers adopted from Sri Lanka, one whose mother is a tea picker, so fair trade standards have always been encouraged in our family. As a teen I was always interested in the developing world and social justice issues.

Over the years I have participated in many events to raise awareness and funds, through Oxfam, TEAR Australia and World Vision. I have held many fair-trade stalls in Sydney for Tribes and Nations and Global Conduct for approximately 7 yrs. As these businesses were both based outside Sydney, it was a good opportunity to promote fair trade in the city.

As a young adult I had the privilege of being a volunteer in El Salvador and then later, in Zimbabwe. I lived in Zimbabwe for 12 mths volunteering in an orphanage.

I have travelled extensively, and completed postgraduate studies in mission after being registered as a nurse/midwife. I am currently working permanent part time as a midwife, intentionally in a very multicultural hospital in Sydney.

I am very keen to keep the option of quality fair trade products open to consumers in Australia and encourage the message of fair trade to individuals, organisations, schools and churches.

Gai

I have always had an interest in the world and began travelling in my early 20’s. I have never stopped wanting to see and discover what is out there and find out more about our world, the land and its people. Seeing some very poor parts of the world in the 1990’s brought info focus a sense of injustice, inequality and that poverty was very real.

I began involving my local church in fundraising, supporting TEAR Australia, World Vision, Amnesty International and Community Aid Abroad. I would look forward to the gift catalogue every year and do my Christmas shopping from it. This was my introduction to fair trade.

In 1993 I attended a community development and anti-poverty discussion led by Tim Costello and hosted by TEAR Australia. This was all about the Millennium Development Goals and how they could be achieved. I was starting to see a gradual but practical response to poverty.

In 1998 I travelled to India and Nepal with my husband. One of the places we visited was a Tibetan refugee self-help centre situated in a shed on a tea plantation in Darjeeling. We watched two women work and weave colourful and beautiful yarn. Yak wool from memory. They had the bags for sale. This was my first experience of seeing the production of fair trade products, fair payment, reasonable conditions, women using their skills to support themselves and their families. I still have that bag 20 years later.

From that time I explored fair trade opportunities, helping to run market stalls and establish a fair trade faith community. Now I find myself the owner of a fair trade business!

There have been children, school activities, and working in business myself, in between. At almost 50 years of age, this is indeed a good place to be. I am very thankful that I am always learning and feeling humbled by the people we meet, fantastic organisations we read about, and the community projects being undertaken.

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