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Fair trade comes to Winona

WINONA, Minn. (KTTC) -- Winona State University (WSU) is bringing fair trade on campus.

The Women's and Gender Studies Department is sponsoring its fourth annual Ten Thousand Villages fair trade sale featuring handmade arts and crafts.

More than 70 villages from around the world are part of this movement.

It's a way to assure that artisans are paid fairly in a time when many work for low wages.

People from the organization, Ten Thousand Villages, travel to these artisans' homes and personally buy the handmade arts and crafts.

The organization then sends the pieces out to different locations to be bought from them.

The WSU coordinator, Kristina Parthum, says that through this program these artisans can make an income similar to an educator in their nation.

"I pay the same amount I would if I went to Walmart for it or any other store, but knowing that your money can actually make a difference," Parthum said. "I'm a Women's Study minor so we very often discuss how people get marginalized throughout the world and this is a really great way that I felt I could be involved in having to counteract that."

The fair trade sale hours are:

November 18- Noon to 6 p.m.

November 19- Noon to 6 p.m.

November 20- 9 a.m. to noon

The event is held at Winona State University's Kryzsko Commons.

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