Saint Ursula Academy is using the holiday season to help support women and artisans around the world and locally through fair trade. SUA’s Community Service Learning Department and student Social Justice Club hosted a Fair Trade Christmas Boutique on November 29 during school hours.
The boutique offered merchandise from vendors SoHza Sister, FreeSetUSA, and Ten Thousand Villages. Dozens of students, faculty/staff, and guests visited the boutique and purchased gifts for Christmas, or treated themselves.
The hosting groups challenged the students and faculty/staff to change the way they give gifts this year. They encouraged each person to buy at least three fair trade gifts to give this holiday season, supporting those who are working to earn a living wage.
The Bulldog Boost Coffee Shop, a student run shop that sells fair trade coffee, hot chocolate and chocolate bars also opened for the sale. The boutique supports Saint Ursula’s mission to transform young women into thinkers, leaders, nurturers, and prophets committed to building a better world.
If you missed the boutique at SUA, we challenge everyone reading this to try and purchase three fair trade or hand-made gifts this holiday season. If you are interested in visiting any of the vendors who participated in the Fair Trade Christmas Boutique, they are:
SoHza Sister https://www.sohza.com/
Ten Thousand Villages https://www.tenthousandvillages.com/