War ravaged country to get Suffolk help
PEOPLE in the genocide-blighted country of Rwanda are set to benefit from Suffolk's newest fair trade project.Glynis Potter, 50, of East Bergholt, Barbara Brodie, 51, and Anne Neve, 51, both of Brantham, are preparing to open the doors of their fair trade shop tomorrow .
PEOPLE in the genocide-blighted country of Rwanda are set to benefit from Suffolk's newest fair trade project.
Glynis Potter, 50, of East Bergholt, Barbara Brodie, 51, and Anne Neve, 51, both of Brantham, are preparing to open the doors of their fair trade shop tomorrow .
The shop has been entitled Harambee, which means 'together we will succeed' in Swahili.
It will feature a mix of goods made by widows and orphans in Rwanda, together with Traid Craft stock and Suffolk-made toys and greeting cards.
The women hope their shop will enable many desperately poor Rwandans to make a living.
A certain percentage of the profit from locally-made goods will also go to Rwanda.
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Mrs Potter, who has recently returned from sourcing stock in Rwanda, was deeply affected by her travels.
She said: "I saw the hospitals, the schools, the orphans in their homes. We knew that someone had to do something to help.
"The most harrowing experience was the market area where you see all the beggars – some of them are burnt, others have no arms and legs and shuffle along on their bottoms.
"There are so many children and women and very few old people or men."
The trip has made Mrs Potter even more determined to help.
She said: "Rwanda has their 10th anniversary of the genocide next year.
"They get a lot less help than many other countries – and they have a lot more orphans than anywhere else.
"The orphans need new hospitals and schools and mobile clinics."
Harambee, situated in High Street, Hadleigh, will open its doors from 10am to 4pm on Saturday .