For an introduction to Fair Trade Stirling and what we do, check out the video Forth Valley College have made for us!

Fairtrade Stirling is a voluntary organisation which works with Stirling Council, local businesses and local people to promote Fairtrade and fairly traded goods. We helped the City of Stirling to attain Fairtrade City status in 2004, and the council area to become a Fairtrade Zone in 2013. We now have sister groups across the Zone in Balfron, Bridge of Allan, Drymen and Strathblane.

We maintain a list of where Fairtrade and fairly traded goods are available in Stirling and the surrounding area - take a look to help make your weekly shopping basket that bit fairer. We also host regular fundraising and awareness-raising events in the area - check out the diary to find out what's coming up next.

Finally, we're always keen for new members to help in our mission - contact us to get involved or find out when our next meeting is!

We Will Walk 8000 Miles!

Fair Trade Stirling is inviting everyone to get their walking boots on - or running or cycling shoes - and join together in starting on a virtual journey together from Scotland to Malawi. It’s all to raise funds for to help FTS’s fair trade partners in the Karonga region of Malawi to set up youth enterprises, rebuilding young people’s lives after all the disruption of COVID.

This will be part of Scotland’s Virtual Kiltwalk in April. Officially the Kiltwalk is timed for the weekend of 23-25 April but people can do their chosen exercise anytime in April. It can be done on your own or with a friend, in line with current COVID rules. To take part, register at the Kiltwalk site www.thekiltwalk.co.uk and search Fair Trade Stirling as the cause you're supporting when registering. The Tom Hunter Foundation will add 50% to what is raised. If you wish, afterwards you'll be able to take part in an online chat with our Malawian friends. Or, to become a sponsor, go to https://virtual.thekiltwalk.co.uk/fundraising/ScotlandsVirtualKiltwalk2021-JonCape

We'll be supporting people like Abigail Mwangonde, a young single mother who has been one of the first women in Karonga to learn carpentry skills. She is now able to make chairs, beds and tables. With the money raised, she and young people like her will be able to attend a new learning centre and gain a trade qualification.

Abigail
                                                Mwagonde with a chair
                                                she has made