Sisters of the Precious Blood were among the dozens of vendors at the annual Fair Trade sale Nov. 30 at Bergamo Center in Dayton, one of the largest Catholic fair trade sales in the United States.
The Sisters staffed two tables of hand-crafted merchandise from Guatemala and Mexico. The sale of items from Guatemala, which were made primarily by Mayan women, benefitted Holy Mary of the Most Precious Blood School in Guatemala. The items included colorful purses, bookmarks magnets and knickknacks. On an adjoining table, a wide variety of jewelry and crafts, including those from child artisans, from Mexico were being offered. Proceeds from that sale benefitted The Corner Project in Malinalco, Mexico.
About $250 was raised for each institution. This is the third year Precious Blood Sisters have participated in the Fair Trade Sale, said Sister Marita Beumer. “It helps spread the mission of the Sisters of the Precious Blood,” she added.
The fair trade sale, now in its ninth year, offers handcrafted and other items at prices that ensure a just profit for the artisans. The fair was started by a faith group at St. Albert the Great Parish in Kettering.
Story and photo by Dave Eck