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May 22, 2012
This has been an eventful week for the Swahili Imports/Swahili-Modern family. Leslie, Mary and Nichole traveled to Bellevue, Washington (just outside of Seattle) to attend the 2012 Fair Trade Federation conference.
This year's conference will focus on practical strategies for growing fair trade businesses and Swahili Imports is proud to be a silver sponsor of the conference.
The three day event is a chance for fair trade retailers, wholesalers and producers to gather together and share ideas and best practices for running fair trade organizations. It features a Fair Trade Federation members meeting; roundtable discussions; breakout sessions; social gatherings and a Fair Trade Expo open to the public.
Our own Leslie Mittelberg will also be a speaker and moderator for one of the breakout sessions: Challenges of the Conventional Market:Fair Trade Wholesalers Working with Mainstream Buyers. The session will address the differences between working with fair trade buyers and larger conventional buyers.
The Fair Trade Federation (FTF) is the trade association that strengthens and promotes North American organizations fully committed to fair trade. To learn more about the Fair Trade Federation and facts about Fair Trade, visit www.fairtradefederation.org.