Church plans 15th Annual Fair Trade Sale

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 2:00 PM

JaNae Francis, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Congregational United Church of Christ is busy getting ready for the church’s 15th Annual Fair Trade Sale.

The event will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.

This mission project is the church’s way of introducing Fair Trade to the community and providing a direct international market for farmers and artisans in developing parts of the world.

“By marketing through churches and other nonprofit organizations, much more of the sale price is returned to the artisans, allowing them to make a sustainable living,” said Carolyn Somer, an organizer of the event.

“We work with certified Fair Trade organizations that develop long-term relationships with farmer and artisan cooperatives in developing parts of the world. Oversight ensures that the producers receive a fair price for their products, have direct involvement in the marketplace and uphold environmental and labor rights standards.”

She said by purchasing Fair Trade items, buyers are helping the producers achieve dignity and a living wage for their work.

“As always, we’ll have a wonderful assortment of unique holiday, gift and household items,” Somer said. “We’ll have some clothing from Ghana, and Calene Lucero will return with handcrafts by Adi to support a computer school in Ghana.”

In all, she said, there will be hundreds of handcrafted gift and clothing items from around the world.

As an extension of hospitality to those who attend, the church will offer soups, bread, desserts and beverages downstairs during the sale.

Congregational United Church of Christ is at 3350 Harrison Blvd. in Ogden, up the hill behind the Key Realty office.

For information, visit or call the church at 801-392-5012.

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