continued “On a weekend that is traditionally about consumerism, we can show people there is an alternative,” said Kelly. “At a time when people are putting a lot of thought and love into purchases, this is a chance to buy a gift that gives twice.”
Their organization works with about 200 women in Guatemala, a country known for its weaving. The partnership allows the women to be paid a fair price for their work, allowing them to send their children to school and put food on the table. Items available will include woven baskets, purses and bags, scarves, jewelry and felt toys.
“What we’re really doing is changing families,” said Kelly.
Hundreds of additional items will be available, including coffee, chocolates, clothing and crafts.
“This is a way of feeling more connected to the people that we buy from,” McMahon said.
The Fair Trade Market will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, and Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Delmar Reformed Church, located at 386 Delaware Ave.
For more details and a full vendor list, visit fairtrademarket.webs.com.