Student volunteers help raise $11,300 in Fair Trade Sale



University of Notre Dame student volunteers who organized the Fair Trade Sale during International Education Week earlier this month, helped raise $11,300, which will directly benefit artisans from developing countries whose hand-crafted gift items (from Ten Thousand Villages) were sold on campus.

Students representing numerous campus groups and departmentsincluding the Environmental Law Society, Student Government Diversity Committee, Le Cercle Français, Department of Theology, Chinese Friendship Association, Law School Justice Committee, Center for Social Concerns, African Students Association, MBA program and many other international students and study abroad returneesorganized and staffed the event throughout the week in theLaFortuneStudentCenterand the Mendoza College of Business.

Since 1946, Ten Thousand Villages , with more than 160 retail outlets inNorth America, has purchased folk art, home décor, ceramics, textiles, baskets, jewelry and musical instruments from craftspeople around the world.The tens of thousands of participating artisans in more than 30 developing countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and theMiddle East, depend on the international market for sustainable employment.Fair trade provides them with regular work, fair pay, hope for the future, dignity and respect in their communities.

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