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Fairtrade visit by Nicaraguan coffee producer

Millersneuk Primary head teacher Greg Caldow is pictured with Fatima Ismael and the pupil council.

Millersneuk Primary head teacher Greg Caldow is pictured with Fatima Ismael and the pupil council.

Pupils welcomed a Nicaraguan Fairtrade producer to their schools as part of Lenzie’s Fairtrade Fortnight activity.

Fatima Ismael, a Fairtrade worker, visited Holy 
Family and Millersneuk 
primaries as part of her tour of Scotland’s Fairtrade 
towns.

Children had the opportunity to hear first hand of 
the challenges facing coffee growers (especially women) in Fatima’s native country 
and had the chance to 
question her on life and 
working conditions in Nicaragua. Fatima is an agronomist engineer with 25 years’ 
experience of working with producer organisations in Nicaragua.

Her career has included working on production techniques, environmental protection, gender issues and education.

In the last seven years, she has also worked in the area of market promotion and commercialisation of coffee from small-holder male and female farmers.

Both Holy Family and Millersneuk primaries have attained Fairtrade school status which shows their commitment to and understanding 
of the need to support 
producers in developing countries, to help them improve 
living and working conditions for themselves and their families.

Last year Lenzie became the first area in East Dunbartonshire to be granted Fairtrade Town status.

The Lenzie Fair Trade Group led a campaign to raise awareness of Fairtrade produce.

Fairtrade Fortnight - which is held every year to spread the movement’s important message - is currently underway and runs until March 9.

 

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