Monday, February 18, 2008

Sally Ann

I have been reading today about Sally Ann - a fair trade enterprise run by The Salvation Army which creates jobs for people in developing countries and sells produce both locally and internationally. I love this idea for two main reasons:

Firstly, giving people the opportunity to work has value that cannot be substituted by anything else. It's not just the financial reward, but the self esteem that comes with it, the feeling of valued contribution to something bigger, that you are a productive member of society. Whilst we might argue that all of these could be achieved by other means - and they can be - for the majority of people there is nothing quite like paid employment.

Secondly, it is vital that we take every chance to address the economic inequities that currently exist in our world. Money doesn't solve every problem, but in many cases encouraging its flow from the first world to developing countries will assist greatly.

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