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October 17, 2012 Published in Business, Non-Profits

Fair Trade Artisan Visits Ten Thousand Villages Alexandria

Hannah Dodoo, a Fair Trade artisan from Ghana, will stop in Ten Thousand Villages, 915 King Street, Alexandria, on Oct. 23, at 5:30-7:00 p.m. during a 11-day speaking tour with Global Mamas, a Fair Trade, non-profit organization, and Fair Trade Towns USA. Fair Trade Alexandria is one stop during their trip through the United States before participating in the Fair Trade Campaigns Conference in Chicago, IL from Oct. 26 to Oct. 28. Other stops during this visit include Indianapolis-IN, Bloomington-IN, Louisville-KY, Washington, DC, and Richmond-VA.  Dodoo’s trip is sponsored by Fair Trade Town USA and Global Mamas, and she will be accompanied by a staff member during her time spent in the US.

Fair Trade Alexandria is organizing an informal meet and greet to host Hannah Dodoo during their visit. Stop by and meet Hannah, learn about business in Ghana and how fair trade has impacted her, her business and her community.  Hannah will give a small talk about herself and business at 6:00pm.

Fair Trade Towns USA unites a diverse group of inspired Fair Trade activists and supporters, including project collaborators Fair Trade USA, the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States; the Fair Trade Federation, a North American trade association of organizations fully committed to Fair Trade; and the Fair Trade Resource Network, which gathers, develops and disseminates educational resources to people and organizations interested in the movement.  For more information, visit www.FairTradeTownsUSA.org.

Global Mamas is a Fair Trade, non-profit organization with a mission to provide members of our community with opportunities to enrich their lives and achieve financial security, happiness and health. Initiated in Cape Coast in 2003 with six batikers and seamstresses, today the network has grown to 650 women in seven locations, producing a variety of batik products, recycled glass jewelry and skin care products. For more information, visit www.globalmamas.org.

Hannah Dodoo began her career as a Ghanaian seamstress and now owns a batiking and sewing center in Cape Coast, Ghana. In 1982, Hannah began her own seamstress shop with a small bank loan. Now "Hadod Fashions," her busy shop in the Cape Coast market employs seven apprentices and nine workers. Hannah's plans to purchase a computer this year and use it for designing. Hannah's persevering spirit and hard work with Global Mamas has allowed her employees to share in her success.

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