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Fairtrade Fortnight

25 February - 10 March 2019

“£1.86 is the amount a cocoa farmer in West Africa needs to earn each day in order to achieve a living income. Currently, a typical cocoa farmer in Cote d’Ivoire lives on around 74p a day. Almost all cocoa farmers in West Africa live in poverty.

“For the women the situation is even worse. They may plant and harvest on the farm, look after children, carry water, collect wood, cook and clean for the family, and transport the cocoa beans to market but often with fewer rights than men. 

“This is why we at Fairtrade are campaigning for a living income to become a reality for cocoa farmers in West Africa. If we can work together with governments, chocolate companies and retailers to make the commitments and policies necessary, then we can make it happen." – Fairtrade Foundation

At Shared Interest we are supporting the Fairtrade Foundation campaign, telling stories about the women farmers we work with to help them earn a fair living. 


This is Naigaga, a cocoa farmer in Uganda

We gave her co-operative a loan to make cocoa into chocolate. 

#SheDeserves a fair income for her work. 

Thanks to Pink Foods with the support of Shared Interest, I can get free school materials for my children, allowing me to be able to afford to send them to school and better their education."


We gave her co-operative a loan to bring electricity to her village.

#SheDeserves to have hot water in her home 

"We want to say thank you to the hand that gives. We have received blessings from the labour of our hands and know there will be opportunities for more groups to be blessed through Shared Interest. Looking forward, we hope to continue to grow our group and pass it on to our children."


We gave her co-operative finance so they could get a fair
price for her goods.

#SheDeserves to send her children to school. 

“Even though many of our knitters were not able to complete primary school, they tell us how their earnings have provided better nutrition and education for their children. It is rewarding to see that many are already proud parents of college graduates”.


We gave her co-operative finance so she is paid on time.

#SheDeserves to be paid fairly. 

“To all those who help in our efforts, I would like to say, thank you from the bottom of my heart."

Change lives today

By investing with Shared Interest you can help farmers like Naigaga, Mary, Raquel and Efigenia to make a better lives for themselves and their families.

These vital funds are used to provide finance to fair trade farmers and craftspeople in 63 countries around the world. 

It is simple: your ethical investment will change lives.