Earning a living wage can be a challenge for those living in developing countries. Linda D’Amico’s global studies class at Winona State University is hoping to help.
D’Amico and her class are putting on a Ten Thousand Villages Fair Trade Sale Thursday and Friday at WSU, where items and goods made around the world will be on sale.
“It’s great there are organizations like this and people that step in to make sure workers are getting compensated fairly for their work, especially in third-world countries,” said WSU student Erica Kish. “Fair trade provides a baseline and knowledge that they will earn a secure wage.”
The class is coordinating with fair trade retailer Ten Thousand Villages. Items include jewelry, baskets, artwork, fiber art, candles, bags and other wares from 38 developing countries across the world.
The class of about 30 students will participate in and has helped organize the event. Students are organized into different groups and work on different aspects of the sale, like advertising, marketing, financing, packaging and communications.
“It gives so many protections to these people,” said WSU student Ben Vanek. “Here we get a job and every two weeks get paid. It doesn’t always work like that elsewhere. It is easy to see the broad scale in which this can help people.”
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story said the sale began Wednesday. It begins Thursday and runs through Friday.