Shop with a Conscience this Holiday Season at PAMBE Ghana’s Ninth Annual Global Market
PAMBE Ghana kicks off a year-end fundraising effort for its La’Angum Learning Center in northern Ghana with the opening of the Global Market, a seasonal fair trade shop, located at 6516 N. Olie in Oklahoma City.
The Global Market opens November 3 with hours from noon-6 p.m. and continues Tuesday through Saturdays through December 24 at 3 p.m. The Global Market has expanded its hours on Thursday to remain open until 7 p.m.
The Global Market provides fair trade shopping for unusual and unique gifts, including a wide selection of folk art from around the world. Volunteers staff the Global Market and all merchandise is purchased directly from artisans or from certified members of the Fair Trade Federation. Fair trade principles include a guarantee that artisans are paid a fair price for their products. They also receive assistance with design development, quality control and improved working conditions.
Fair trade products at the Global Market come from almost every continent, including countries such as Guatemala, Haiti, Peru, Ghana, Burkina Faso, India and Indonesia.
All proceeds from the Global Market benefit PAMBE Ghana’s La’Angum Learning Center in northern Ghana. La’Angum Learning Center is a collaboration that has brought the promise of literacy to underserved villages in rural Ghana.
“We sustain a large part of our operating funds from the market sales each year. These proceeds are used to fund our school operations in Ghana and allow us to continue our mission of educating the youth in that area,” said Susan Kovats, president of PAMBE Ghana.
“We know our OKC community is shopping this holiday season. We hope they will shop with social responsibility in mind and choose ethically made fair trade items, which we think is a win for the gift recipient, the artisans and the students of Ghana.”
PAMBE Ghana will also have a Global Market Grand Opening party from 4-7 p.m., Saturday, November 5. Guests can enjoy food, drink, shopping and music by Oklahoma City local Clem Braden. PAMBE Ghana’s Executive Director Alice Azumi Iddi-Gubbels will also be in attendance sharing updates on activities at La’Angum Learning Center.