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Level Ground Trading
On Monday, March 31, 2014, Stacey Toews, Co-founder and Communications Catalyst for Level Ground Trading visited Ten Thousand Villages Windsor to connect with staff and volunteers and the share stories of many small-scale farmers benefiting from direct fair trade through Level Ground. Toews is a co-founder of Level Ground located in Victoria, British Columbia.
Paying well above Fair Trade mandated pricing; Level Ground will purchase the harvest of about 5,000 farming families in ten developing countries this year.
Ten Thousand Villages creates opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair trade relationships.
Since 1997, Ten Thousand Villages and Level Ground Trading have partnered to offer a Private Label Coffee Collection in Ten Thousand Villages stores.
As a board member of the Global Resource Centre which runs the TTV store in Windsor, I sat in on the discussion with Toews and Patricia Pearson, also of Level Ground. Following their talk I sat with Toews to talk further about his work and Level Ground:
Targeting the Poor
Commentary by Paul Chislett ( The views expressed are mine and not necessarily shared by OPIRG Windsor or CJAM):
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I Ka Barra (Your Work):