Sheffield Hallam students get down to business

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. 

Lots of info for passing students and staff

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.

Time to get signing

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

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About cafodhallam

CAFOD is an aid and development agency dedicated to improving the lives of the poorest in our world. In the UK we work to educate people about the causes of poverty, inspire them to campaign to address issues of social justice and inequality, and support them in fundraising activities. Overseas we work with local partners in 40 countries in South America, Africa and Asia to deliver long-term development projects and emergency aid. CAFOD's headquarters are in London and CAFOD Hallam is the local office for Sheffield and the surrounding area.

2 thoughts on “Sheffield Hallam students get down to business

  1. Thanks for your reply. Can I suggest you look at cafod.org.uk to find out how we are helping people those in Columbia whose story we narrate to set up their own small business? The parameters of the small business – in this case furniture making – are set by the local partners. The role of the local partner is to enable the setting up of the business by providing skills training and capacity development eg metal working skills, business processes, marketing knowledge etc. CAFOD’S ‘aid’ role is to provide funds and skills for local partners to enable them to be in control of their own development.
    I hope this meets some of the points you make.

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