Fair trade pioneer praised just before

Fair trade pioneer praised just before

It’s a sad irony that just a few months after Christianity Today magazine praised Mennonites for founding the fair-trade movement,

the Canadian arm of Ten Thousand Villages announced it will be shuttering its corporate-run stores this spring.

In “The Christian Roots of the Fair Trade Movement,”

CT’s December issue retells a story familiar to many in Mennonite circles: How Edna Ruth Byler of Pennsylvania,

a Mennonite Central Committee worker, started selling textiles from her car trunk in the 1940s.

That effort led to MCC’s Overseas Needlework and Crafts Project, later renamed SELFHELP Crafts of the World,

and eventually the Ten Thousand Villages chain. Over 76 years, the organization has Fair trade pioneer praised just before.

“empowered over 100,000 makers around the world to earn a fair and stable income, Fair trade pioneer praised just before.

share their craft with a global market, gain access to education and medical services,

better working conditions (and) equal opportunities for women,” Villages said in a release.

Not only was Villages the world’s first fair trade organization, it “remains the largest and best-known,”

the Christianity Today article stated..Speaking from personal experience, and having struggled with this issue myself, I have struggled to speak up whenever I have felt overwhelmed,

down and discouraged, even though I knew that keeping quiet was solving not a thing. But looking back,

I knew why I did it: it was the fear of condemnation, the fear of being rejected, the fear of being ridiculed.

I trained my mind to ignore the problem and pretend to everyone around me that I was OK.

I forced myself to believe the very lie I’d created. So the turmoil I was living in compelled me to live in pain; there was a hole in my chest,

and I found myself living in a dark room, screaming in silence.

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