Giving Fair Trade a Fair Go


Attention, Melbournites! This Sunday 24 August is the very first Karibu Markets, a fair trade, ethical and sustainable market place that will be held on the fourth Sunday of every month from 26 October. They’ll showcase a range of products from fair trade companies, from clothing, crafts and coffee to food and live music. Founder Emily Robinson was inspired to start the markets following a trip to Kenya, where she had the chance to work with four HIV-positive women who’d started their own business making and selling beaded clutches; Karibu is one way of supporting the incredible work these women do and of educating consumers about ethically sourced and produced goods.

Sunday’s stall holders include Asylum Seekers Resource Center, Etiko, 2Pocket, Karma Cola, Liminal Apparel, The Lost Children’s Project, Seven Women, AnRey Hope, Heart of Chocolate and more, and this month’s musicians include Grim Fawkner, Tom Lee-Richards and Millington. The markets are at 553 Murray Rd in Preston from 10 am – 4 pm, with live music starting at 2 pm. Entry is just $2, which also gets you a raffle ticket, and all proceeds go towards the KCC Program Read; the markets will support a different cause every month. Check out their website and Facebook page for more details!