Good Taste - The Sheffield Fair Trade Shop
We opened in March 2015, selling a wide range of Fairtrade food, greetings cards, jewellery, gifts, toys, and homeware. We are a not for profit business, assisted by volunteers and our mission is twofold.
Firstly, to provide a market for high-quality fair trade goods which demonstrate the talent and ingenuity of the producers, and enable them to earn a living and provide for their families. Secondly, our profits go to support ‘TASTE’, a charity working in Nigeria to provide clean drinking water and sanitation facilities to the local people.
At the end of our first year, we donated all of our profits to TASTE Charity. An incredible total of £5000! This helped to repair two boreholes for a rural community in Nigeria. It also facilitated a ‘WASH’ workshop, which is an initiative to teach villagers how to maintain good basic hygiene practices.
After another successful year, we were delighted to announce the donation of all of our second year’s profit TASTE Charity. An incredible total of £5608. This donation has made a massive difference for those attending a school in Uganda. It has provided them with a new borehole, latrines and a ‘WASH’ workshop. This has transformed lives in the community! Freshwater can now be gathered safely.
After an amazing third year of trading, we were able to donate an incredible £7000 to TASTE Charity! This money helped fund a water project at Rurcon’s new headquarters site in Jos the State Capital of Plateau State.
Rurcon is a pan-African Christian NGO based in Jos. It helps Christian churches and development organisations promote good governance and sustainable development. It also assists churches and agencies to run training courses including training communities to evaluate the results of projects delivered by or aid agencies. Rurcon also helps communities to have increased access to safe water, health facilities, road networks and enhanced food security.
700 farmers were trained in Plateau State in 2016, more than half of whom were women.
Our donation helped to provide a solar powered borehole to ensure the availability of water all year round especially during the Dry Season for the irrigation of the extensive crop growing programme which is used for practical training of farmers from communities across Nigeria and neighbouring countries.
I’ve been lucky enough to visit producers in several different countries and have seen for myself the difference it makes to their lives.
I’ve been aware of fair-trade products for many years and have been really pleased to see how they have developed and improved. About 18 years ago I started selling fair-trade crafts from home and quickly became passionate about fair-trade as a way for people to earn their way out of poverty. I’ve been lucky enough to visit producers in several different countries and have seen for myself the difference it makes to their lives.
Meet the team behind the Sheffield Fair Trade shop. We are so grateful to all of our volunteers, who have helped us to support many artisans worldwide and support the work of TASTE in Nigeria.
British Association for Fair Trade Shops & Suppliers
The British Association for Fair Trade Shops & Suppliers brings together independent shops and suppliers who are united in their core purpose to bring about fundamental changes in the status of developing world producers, through Fair Trade retailing and campaigning. We have been a member since May 2016. You can read all about what being a member involves and why we’re so proud to be a member.
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About Good Taste:
“THIS BUILDING IS MORE THAN JUST A SHOP IT’S A WAY OF LIFE .”
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We are very grateful for all the support we have had by numerous volunteers on our Fair Trade journey. If you’d like to join us on our mission, we offer various opportunities for you.
Volunteers help to: unpack deliveries; restock the shelves; keep the shop clean and tidy; engage with customers about Fair Trade products; Promote the shop (eg at stall/ events around Sheffield); run stalls at their own churches.
Private Parties / Education
We are very happy to welcome private parties in our Fair Trade shop! You and your group of friends can find out more about Fair Trade and a relaxed shopping experience with Fair Trade refreshments.
We also work with local scout and guide (uniform) groups, along with local schools, providing educational talks about Fair Trade and the impact it has on artisans across the worlds. Contact us to find out more.
Sale or Return
We are happy to supply products on a sale or return basis to churches, either on a regular or occasional basis. Metered parking is available around the shop, and is free for 15 minutes, which enables collection and drop off of sale or return boxes.
We are happy to supply products on a sale or return basis to churches, either on a regular or occasional basis. Please contact us to discuss your requirements. Metered parking is available around the shop, and is free for 15 minutes, which enables collection and drop off of sale or return boxes.