Representatives of Equal Exchange Discuss How Their Cooperative Saves Lives Through Cooperative Relationships on Everything Co-op

Washington, DC (PRWEB) December 04, 2014

Tune in to WOL 1450 AM in Washington, DC during the month of December from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for Everything Co-op, hosted by Vernon Oakes. This month Vernon will interview representatives from Equal Exchange, a Fair Trade cooperative. The series begins with an interview on December 4th with Rodney North, Public Relations Manager for Equal Exchange. Mr. North will give an overview of Equal Exchange, discuss the concept of Fair Trade, and share an instance where coffee is being used to save lives through a dual cooperative relationship, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

A woman is raped every minute in the DRC. Every minute of each day a women is raped in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Although that is a daunting fact, Equal Exchange, a Fair Trade cooperative, has found a way to use the riches of the DRC to help provide hospitalization and other much needed resources for these women. This month, Vernon Oakes and members of the Equal Exchange Cooperative will share the particulars of how resources are being generated in the Congo, and other areas around the World.

During this holiday season, it’s possible to be socially responsible while impacting the lives of so many people in the Congo, by one simple act of kindness. Yes, purchasing a gift from Equal Exchange impacts five groups of people at one time. Visit Equal Exchange Cooperative’s website to see selections, and to learn more about how to participate in this solution. Enter the promotion code of voakes on a purchase order, and receive a 10% discount.

Equal Exchange is a $ 50+ million worker-owned sales co-operative, headquartered in Massachusetts and dedicated to conducting Fair Trade with small farmer co-operatives around the world. They helped introduce the Fair Trade concept to the US coffee industry in the late 1980s and today sell a wide-variety of organic, Fair Trade goods including coffee, tea, chocolate, bananas and other foods. Their pioneering work helped to jump-start the Fair Trade category in the US, now worth over $ 2 billion annually. Equal Exchange has also been held up as a role model for its democratic, egalitarian model of ownership and governance. The schedule for the latter part of the month is shown below:

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