On May 8, after the weekly Chapel service, students could grasp a cup of ice coffee amid the day’s hot weather. Drinking this ice coffee, not many Ewha students could have imagined their simple action influenced the children in
This coffee was provided by Café Timor; an organization that promotes fair trade coffee from
Café Timor is located near the Ewha subway station. The Ewha Cooperative Store also sells fair trade coffee beans, chocolates, sugar and olive oil. Like this, the concept of fair trade is very close to Ewha students.
“Fair Trade” is a movement that fosters to provide fair wages to producers in third world counties. These countries in Latin America, Southeast Asia and
According to the International Fair Trade Association, the fair trade movement started from certain stores in the and the by selling
The fair trade movement was then spread among developed countries such as , and . In 2006, the movement started to spread in . The Korea Fair Trade Association (KFTA) was established as the first Korean non-governmental organization in the concept. Its main job is to run an off and online fair trade store and campaign the concept.
“The practical help for those in third world countries is to buy their products through this fair trade. Thus, Ullim, our off and online store, has its goal to make known more various fair trade goods to Korean customers,” said Park Chang-soon, the president of the KFTA.
Other than the KFTA, several other NGOs and Social Enterprises cover this movement in
Meanwhile, college students promote a campaign to let free trade be widely known to others. On May 9, which was the World Fair Trade Day in 2009, university students held a campaign beside Deoksugung palace’s wall. The Good Trade, a student club campaigning for fair trade, presented the making process of handmade coffee in