Monday, 14 February 2011
This Sunday was Juana and Manuel’s rest day, however they took in all the major sights of London, including Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Sqaure and even saw the celebs arriving to the BAFTAs. Sadly they didn’t manage to see Livia Firth who will be wearing a piece of Fairtrade and Fairmined gold jewellery to the Oscars.
Juana was over the moon to see the Daily Mail article in today’s edition which features the details of a visit to Cotapata and mines in Peru just before Christmas. Juana and Manuel are overwhelmed that people are so interested in the stories of miners. The campaigners we met over the past few days explained to us all how unknown but fascinating the lives of artisanal miners are to them and supporters of other Fairtrade products. Later on Monday Juana and Manuel visited the London Bullion Market Association where the price of gold is set internationally twice daily and then toured Goldsmith’s Hall before being interviewed by Croatian documentary makers.
Spending time in Wales with local campaigners, Juana and Manuel has really reminded me what makes the Fairtrade movement great – that we are a movement and as Manuel says a family of people who are working together in each of our own ways to bring positive change to UK consumer habits and the lives of producers and miners in developing countries. For me this has been a massively busy and emotional week, but so much fun – I am really privileged to have worked on the development of Fairtrade and Fairmined gold and hope that is now goes from strength to strength so that people like Manuel and Juana are able to access the opportunities they strive for. Welcome to artisanal and small scale miners and the Alliance for Responsible Mining to our Fairtrade family. Valentine’s Day 2011 is not just a time to celebrate with your loved ones but also to say I do to Fairtrade and Fairtrade and Fairmined gold…
Posted by Fairtrade Foundation at 15:04