Meet our sellers who are passionate about providing the option of a different way of life for vulnerable women. We love what they are doing.
Name and name of stall/brand:
Louise and Charlie from Thai Children’s Trust
What will you be selling at the Fair Christmas Fayre this year?
This year we will be selling hand-crafted jewellery, created by vulnerable women from one of our centres in Pattaya, Thailand. This centre offers support, guidance, counselling, education and the chance to learn a trade to women that have been abused, exploited or have been forced into prostitution. This jewellery is the result of a vocational training programme Thai Children’s Trust organised for the centre this year and so the Fair Christmas Fayre is a great way of getting it known and out there to the public. Each piece is unique, made with semi-precious stones from the region.
Tell us about why you started your stall/business?
We implemented the jewellery-making programme in Thailand in May this year. Since then we have started buying stock from the women to sell on their behalf here in the UK. This gives them the chance to earn a good living wage and empowers them to break away from exploitation. We first started selling these pieces of jewellery in the UK last month at the ‘Colours of Thailand’ festival at Westfield and the response was fantastic. People wanted to know the stories behind the bracelets, necklaces and earrings and we were happy to tell them all about the women that created them and what having this trade will do for them in the future.
Why did you want to trade at the Fair Christmas Fayre?
The Fayre is a way of bringing ethical Christmas gifts to the crowds and so we at Thai Children’s Trust think we will be right at home there. It is the perfect venue to reach Christmas shoppers who want to know a bit more about where their gift has come from and exhibit deserving causes and ethical trade initiatives.
What is your favourite thing about Christmas?
My favourite thing about Christmas is the gift buying. The thought that goes behind each individual item and knowing it will be well received gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. Knowing that a particular item is ethically made and that my purchasing it will genuinely benefit someone else, makes it all the better. Receiving a gift that has helped empower women in Pattaya by learning how to source the materials and create a beautiful piece of jewellery would certainly give me a warm feeling! Sharing stories and helping those in need – that’s what Christmas is all about isn’t it?!
Any good Christmas Cracker jokes?
My favourite Christmas joke, so many to choose from but it is probably: What do you get if you cross Santa with a duck? …
A Christmas Quacker!