Benefit of Fairtrade came to life for Waterlooville students

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STUDENTS were left more determined than ever before to support the Fairtrade movement after a visit from two olive farmers who have benefited from it.

Youngsters from Oaklands Catholic School in Waterlooville heard how Riziq Abu Nasser and Taysir Arbasi have been able to make a living since they began selling olive oil as a Fairtrade product.

The higher price means they have been able to build classrooms in their local school, pay fees for some children and buy healthcare equipment.

Father-of-three Riziq said: ‘The process of marketing olive oil through Fairtrade has made me optimistic.

‘In Palestine farmers have complicated problems. But, with Fairtrade, I feel that, as a farmer there is a solution for every problem that we have.’

Taysir adds: ‘Most olive farmers do not make enough money to feed their families. However through Fairtrade, the farmers are getting a fair price for their olives and are able to improve their living conditions.’

At Oaklands, students can buy polo shirts made from Fairtrade cotton, and RE teacher Mugeni Sumba has been holding assemblies to encourage youngsters to think about where everyday products come from.

Matthew Kingswell, 16, a member of the 12-strong Oaklands Faitrade Group, said: ‘It is not fair that people can work for so long and not get paid enough to feed their families.

‘I will do my best to tell other people about Fairtrade.’