Dominican University will host its annual Fair Trade Fair—just in time for the holidays—on Wednesday, November 10 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Parmer Hall Atrium, 7900 W. Division Street. The event will feature a wide range of products created by international artisans and sold by the following Chicago area organizations dedicated to sustainability, ethical production methods, and fair wages for workers across the world.

  • Artisans of Ghana—selling bags, backpacks and artwork benefitting lives in Ghana, Togo and Burkina Faso.
  • Chicago Fair Trade—the largest fair trade coalition in the country, selling products from several member organizations.
  • Enactus/NCC—selling coffee from an operation in Guatemala with which North Central College students have been involved for more than a dozen years.
  • Gracias Fair Trade—selling a wide range of fair trade products from around the world, including handwoven clothing and accessories from Ecuador.
  • Just Haiti—a faith-based nonprofit committed to creating an equitable and fair partnership between coffee consumers in North America and coffee growers in Haiti.
  • Local Women’s Handicrafts—a collective supporting Nepalese women’s self-sufficiency by providing skills training and education; selling embroidered shawls, table runners and purses made by women in Kathmandu.
  • RefuSHE—an organization based in Nairobi serving the needs of unaccompanied refugee girls from countries in East Africa. Selling scarves created by girls in its training program.
  • Soko Space—selling personal, home and garden items from Africa. Proceeds benefit art therapy programs and community libraries managed by Global Alliance for Africa, a Chicago-based organization operating in Kenya, Tanzania and Morocco.
  • Super Slippers—selling felted wool slippers handmade by women in the mountainous village of Tamchy in Kyrgyzstan.
  • Ten Thousand Villages—a nonprofit fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home décor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe.

The Fair Trade Fair is free of charge. For more information, contact Jessica Mackinnon, director of public information, Dominican University, at jmack@dom.edu.