Interviews

Ray & Jules roasts fairtrade coffee using the power of the sun

Ray & Jules combines a desire to improve the world with a background in engineering. “The coffee sector produces 60 million tons of CO2 every year. We want to bring that down to zero. It’s ambitious, but doable. Technology like ours can open up new horizons in a sector that has been doing the same thing for over a hundred years. And with all of the associated consequences”, says co-owner Gert Linthout. Introducing a world-first: using solar energy to roast fairtrade coffee.

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The remarkable progress of the Yanfolila planters’ cooperatives in Mali as seen by their coaches

In Yanfolila, southern Mali, USCPY, a union of nine mango cooperatives, was accompanied by two coaches from the Trade for Development Centre. The work carried out over the three years of the intervention is impressive. Professionalization of the cooperatives, increased production and sales, and the retention of both members and customers… Their coaches detail the progress made.

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Relaxed sustainable shopping? Check out the Harvest Club

Welcome to the Harvest Club, in the heart of Leuven. Stefanie Vereecken selects a wide range of clothing, home décor, accessories and beauty and care products for her sociable concept store. All from suppliers with their heart in the right place, just like Stefanie. Want to take a look inside?

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Kalani: household linen that is organic and fair trade

Kalani’s household linen is both organic and fair trade. It is one of the few textile brands in the world that knows exactly where the cotton for its household linen comes from. Founder Bruno Van Steenberghe talks about his commitment to farmers in India, about his concern for the environment, and the health of his customers.

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Fako: the Beninese fruit juice company coached by the TDC

Colette Yehouénou lives in Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin. She was only thirteen when her father died, forcing her to stop her studies to look after her three brothers: “At the time, I already loved cooking, but I turned to haute couture. I trained and set up my own business. I combined sewing and haberdashery. I had customers who bought their supplies from me and one day one of them explained to me that he was taking a course in food processing. I was very interested, and I signed up for the second promotion”.

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Ray & Jules roasts fairtrade coffee using the power of the sun

Ray & Jules combines a desire to improve the world with a background in engineering. “The coffee sector produces 60 million tons of CO2 every year. We want to bring that down to zero. It’s ambitious, but doable. Technology like ours can open up new horizons in a sector that has been doing the same thing for over a hundred years. And with all of the associated consequences”, says co-owner Gert Linthout. Introducing a world-first: using solar energy to roast fairtrade coffee.

Read more »

The remarkable progress of the Yanfolila planters’ cooperatives in Mali as seen by their coaches

In Yanfolila, southern Mali, USCPY, a union of nine mango cooperatives, was accompanied by two coaches from the Trade for Development Centre. The work carried out over the three years of the intervention is impressive. Professionalization of the cooperatives, increased production and sales, and the retention of both members and customers… Their coaches detail the progress made.

Read more »

Relaxed sustainable shopping? Check out the Harvest Club

Welcome to the Harvest Club, in the heart of Leuven. Stefanie Vereecken selects a wide range of clothing, home décor, accessories and beauty and care products for her sociable concept store. All from suppliers with their heart in the right place, just like Stefanie. Want to take a look inside?

Read more »

Kalani: household linen that is organic and fair trade

Kalani’s household linen is both organic and fair trade. It is one of the few textile brands in the world that knows exactly where the cotton for its household linen comes from. Founder Bruno Van Steenberghe talks about his commitment to farmers in India, about his concern for the environment, and the health of his customers.

Read more »

Fako: the Beninese fruit juice company coached by the TDC

Colette Yehouénou lives in Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin. She was only thirteen when her father died, forcing her to stop her studies to look after her three brothers: “At the time, I already loved cooking, but I turned to haute couture. I trained and set up my own business. I combined sewing and haberdashery. I had customers who bought their supplies from me and one day one of them explained to me that he was taking a course in food processing. I was very interested, and I signed up for the second promotion”.

Read more »

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