Following the International Fairtrade Towns Conference in Malmo, four delegates from Brazil paid a brief visit to the UK. They are aiming to make their city – Pocos de Caldas – the first Fairtrade Town in Brazil, and after visiting the UK’s (and the world’s) first ever Fairtrade Town, Garstang in Lancashire, on 23rd November they came to Ealing to find out what goes on in a London Fairtrade Borough.
The above photos show two of the delegates meeting Ealing Fairtrade Group over a Fairtrade coffee at Cafe Freddo on Haven Green. Accompanying Paulo Silva, the Mayor of Pocos de Caldas, were three representatives from Sebrae, an organisation which supports the sustainable development of small enterprises in Brazil. Another of their aims in visiting the UK was to make links with universities, as they are trying to set up an international students’ network, so they were especially pleased to meet Gemma McNamara, a post-graduate student at Uni of West London and member of Ealing Fairtrade Group.
Many thanks to our Brazilian visitors for coming such a long way to see us!