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Fair Trade Tour: Two Peruvian Artisans to Visit 12 Western, Midwestern U.S. Cities, Towns in May

Visit to Show How Fair Trade Means a Better Life for Women; Available In: CO (Colorado Springs, Boulder & Denver), MN (Minneapolis & Mankato), WI (Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, Milwaukee & Madison), IN (Indianapolis) and IL (Chicago & Palos Heights)

May 1-17, 2009

Washington, DC: A pair of Fair Trade artisans from Peru will visit 12 cities and towns in Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois from May 1-17, 2009.   The tour  -- sponsored by Partners for Just Trade and Green America -- will help to put a human face on the enormous changes that fair trade can make in the lives of individuals in developing nations. Fair trade is an ethical alternative to conventional trade that ensures that farmers and artisans receive a fair price for their products.

The two artisans, Evangelina Pizarro (the founder of a cooperative of jewelers) and Ayde Riveros (a member of a cooperative of knitters), will be traveling for the first time from Peru.  The pair will provide firsthand accounts of how the purchase of Fair Trade products directly improves the lives of farmers and artisans in the global south.  Through Fair Trade, Pizarro and Riveros found a way forward -- exporting their handiwork at a fair price – and the quality of their lives increased dramatically.

Pizarro and Riveros will be available to meet with the news media in the following cities: Colorado Springs (May 1, 2009); Boulder, CO. (May 2); Denver (May 2-3 in connection with the Green Festival); Minneapolis, MN. (May 4); Mankota, MN. (May 5); Oshkosh, WI (May 6); Fond du Lac, WI. (May 7); Milwaukee, WI. (May 9); Madison, WI. (May 10); Indianapolis, IN (May 11) Chicago, IL. (May 12, May 14 and May 16-17, with the latter two days in conjunction with the Green Festival); and Palos Heights, IL. (May 15).

For the bios of the artisans and more details about the Partners for Just Trade/Green America media tour, titled Resonating Change: Connecting Communities Through Fair Trade, go to http://www.fairtradetour.org.

For quick facts and figures on Fair Trade click here.

For more details on the Denver and Chicago Green Festivals, go to http://www.greenfestivals.org.


ABOUT THE GROUPS
Green America (www.greenamerica.org) is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1982 that was named "Co-op America" until January 1, 2009.  Green America’s mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.

Partners for Just Trade (PJT) is a nonprofit, Fair Trade organization that cultivates global partnerships between impoverished producers from Peru and Cameroon and conscientious consumers in the U.S. PJT addresses root causes of poverty through education, solidarity, a commitment to trade justice, and the sale of Fair Trade products. For more information, go to http://www.partnersforjusttrade.org on the Web.

CONTACTS:   Leslie Anderson, (703) 276-3256 or landerson@hastingsgroup.com.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Photographs of the two Peruvian artisans are available by emailing Leslie Anderson at the address above.

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