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What the Fair Trade India Experience taught me

By Oscar Bitton During our time in India, we had the unique opportunity to see some of the incredible beauty the country has to offer; from the mountainous regions in Dharamashala, to one of the seven wonders of the world, the stunning Taj Mahal. We…

An experience of chaos, devastation and absolute wonder

Samantha Michelson reflects on the 2016 Fair Trade India Experience The inescapable chaos of India is a force to be reckoned with, seeping into every aspect of the country; from the traffic to the caste system and all the intricate and sometimes bizarre traditions, superstitions…

Asha – slums, schools, successes

By Oscar Bitton Delhi is the third largest city in the world, with around 25 million people. It’s estimated that 40 per cent of its populations lives in slums. We are told that the exact population is difficult to establish, due to the city being…

Hi from the Himalayas

While hiking in the Himalayas, Sam and Oscar sent a thank you to their sponsors. Check out their message below.   Samantha and Oscar are currently on the ground in India as part of the 2016 Fairtrade India Experience. Follow their adventures on our Deakin…

Organisations organising organics

By Oscar Bitton One day Mr Yadav from Apeda, a government organisation that certifies organic farmers, went to speak to an apple farmer as he was spraying his trees with pesticides. He asked the farmer do you really want your children and family eating those…

Skills for life and life skills

By Samantha Michelson Transparency, sustainability and justice are the heartbeat of Mandala Apparels, which is evident through every section of the supply chain. Oscar and I arrived in Chennai after a weekend of inspiring speeches, dancing and networking at the Fair Trade Forum annual conference.…

The nature of giving

By Samantha Michelson Makaibari is a masterpiece of nature and it’s beauty was made even more striking as Oscar and I had come from the craziness of New Delhi. The first thing we noticed when we arrived high in the mountains was how easy it…

Fairtrade and the balance sheet of life

By¬†Oscar Bitton After a week in Delhi I think Samantha and I can both agree it was nice for a bit of a change¬†from the craziness Delhi has to offer. We flew in to Bagdogra in the early afternoon and headed on our way to…

Trash is the new treasure

By Samantha Michelson Oscar and I watched out the windows of our taxi as the city skyscape turned to fields, and thousands of people gave way to huge cows standing in the middle of the road. We were on our way to Conserve, a Fairtrade…

Where does your money go when you buy Fairtrade?

By Oscar Bitton ‘This week we had the opportunity to meet with Puneet Chawla, to find out where our money really goes, when we invest in Fairtrade products. Puneet is the operations manager at TARA (Trade, Alternative, Reform, Action), and has been working passionately for…

Above and beyond: India’s movement toward Fairtrade

‘The value of life is being fair to yourself and fair to society’ – Miss Meenu Chopra By Samantha Michelson ‘I don’t think you can ever be fully prepared for the culture shock of travelling to India. You can mentally prepare yourself for the crowds,…

Hi from New Delhi – spreading the Fair Trade message

Our 2016 Fair Trade India Experience bloggers Sam and Oscar have touched down in New Delhi and hit the ground running with an amazing experience at the Fair Trade India Forum yesterday. Check out their V-Log below and follow them on our Deakin Life Facebook…

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