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Coffee Shop gets the Vote from MP
MP Peter Duncan is urging Stranraer folk to give their
backing to a new coffee shop set up in town.
Fair Trade Cafe aims to do as the name suggests and promote
the idea that smaller businesses, often in poorer countries,
should get a fair price for their products.
coffee shop has been named The Lighthouse and
is open two days a week at Stranraer Baptist Church.
On sale is Traidcraft tea and coffee - and
spokesman for the Lighthouse explained that millions of
people in poorer countries produce many of
on a daily basis.
of the time, however, they are victims of an international
trading system controlled by
big businesses who set
tariffs and quotas which make it difficult for small
firms to compete
on the world market," the spokesman said.
result can be that small producers fail to earn
enough to support themselves and their families.
is a Christian response to poverty operating on the principle
that, by paying a fair price for products we
buy, we can help create a more equal world."
is the UK's biggest fair trade organisation.
Set up in 1979, its products include tea, coffee,
clothes, crafts and books.
his visit to The Lighthouse last week, Mr Duncan said he
had enjoyed his cuppa and
is a growing
awareness among the general public awareness
fair and ethical trade.
Lighthouse is open from 10 am to 12 noon and 2 pm and
4 pm every
Tuesday and Thursday at Stranraer Baptist
Church in Bellevilla Road.