Coffee, tea, laundry soap made from the dried fruit shells of a Chinese soapberry tree. Hyde Park's Dunia Marketplace carries a wide variety of handmade products from over 38 countries. Formerly a Ten Thousand Villages location, this nonprofit fair-trade hub celebrates World Fair Trade Day on Saturday, May 8.
The Fair Trade Federation ensures producers are paid fairly, do not use child labor and that culture, identity and the environment are respected.
"Fair trade is important because it creates opportunities for economically and socially marginalized producers," said Becky West, store director of Dunia Marketplace.
In addition to hosting its annual Oriental rug display at the Idaho Green Expo on Saturday, May 8, and Sunday, May 9, Dunia Marketplace will also offer a free rug seminar on Thursday, May 6, at 7 p.m., at the Hyde Park Mennonite Fellowship at 1520 N. 12th St.
"[The rug seminar] is an enlightening and entertaining look at Oriental rugs: how to care for them, recognize their value and choose a rug based on origin and maker," said West.
National fair trade retailer Ten Thousand Villages gives looms to households in Pakistan to help enable women to support their families.
"Knotting rugs is changing the lives of women and their families in Pakistan," said West.
Dunia will also participate in the Mennonite Relief sale on Saturday, May 8, at the College Church of the Nazarene in Nampa from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. According to West, these events celebrating World Fair Trade Day bring a variety of cultures and backgrounds together for a common cause.
"Recognizing this day allows people, students and communities from all over the world to host events to educate and speak about fair trade," said West.
To RSVP for the rug seminar, call 208-333-0535. For more information on World Fair Trade Day events, visit duniamarketplace.com/events. To learn more about the Fair Trade Federation, visit worldfairtradeday10.org.