Thanks to students & staff at Sheffield Hallam University for a great response to a card signing at the CAFOD stall during Fairtrade Fortnight. The cards call on Andrew Mitchell, Secretary of State for International Development, to target the 25% of UK Aid earmarked as ‘Aid for Trade’ at small businesses which constitute 90% of all business in developing countries.
As well as sending the cards, staff from some departments at this Fairtrade University took the theme a step further in their lectures and assignments.
The positive impact of supporting small businesses for their wider communities has been clearly demonstrated by Fairtrade’s successes.
CAFOD is asking the UK Government to take a lead in encouraging others also to prioritise the needs of small businesses to ensure money gets where it is most needed, giving people in poverty the dignity and security of earning a living and providing for their own families as well as creating a resilient economy for their country. Investment in training, organisation and local infrastructure such as road building in rural areas so that producers can get their goods to market has been shown to benefit not only the individuals directly concerned, but also their local communities as well as the national economy for their country.
A link from Andrew Mitchell’s own website shows the work of Project Umubano in Rwanda where an investment of just £25 for Alice to set up a bakery resulted in employment for 10 more people, and improvments in financial security, health and education for their families and community. Not a bad return on £25.
So, why not follow SHUs footsteps and call at www.cafod .org.uk/extra/giveit up/take-action.pho
Let’s get down to business, Mr Mitchell