What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
Our desire and passion is to offer work, employment and trade opportunities to vulnerable and excluded people in Africa and Scotland by taking ethical, sustainable and fairly traded skincare into the mainstream consumer market in the UK.
We literally want to transform lives as our products transform skin!
Poverty is not just lack of money, it’s about a lack of choice.
- For re-covering addicts and ex-offenders, in Scotland, it’s being given the choice and opportunity to change their lifestyle to be valued, active members of society. Many want a chance to prove to themselves and their family that they have changed. To do that they need work, employment and skills.
- For Ghanaian women in the Shea communities they want the opportunities and choices which being able to provide for their children can bring. They want a ‘hand up not a hand out:’ the dignity to make their own choices regarding education, healthcare etc. Such empowerment of women can mean the difference between selling a child into Bonded Labour (child trafficking) or keeping that child in the family and in school.
Trade Right Trust have linked together these two diverse communities to support and work together.
Trafficked Boys mending fishing nets
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
- 27% of offenders enter employment upon release from prison
- Of the 58,000 ‘problem drug users’ in Scotland, around 46,400 (80%)are unemployed.
(Source: Centre for Mental Health: ‘Employment Support & Addiction: What Works’. 2013).
- UN & US State Dept. report on Human Trafficking estimates there are 30,000 people trafficked each year in Ghana.
- 80% of those trafficked are children sold into ‘bonded labour’ due to economic poverty faced by families.
- Most children are trafficked from rural areas subsistence communities
What is your solution?
In both communities meaningful employment is needed to alleviate the need for offending, substance misuse or human trafficking.
Studies have shown that being in employment can enhance recovery, increase the life chances and opportunities.
Trade Right Trust brings together these diverse communities to partner together in a radical way.