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November 19, 2018

The women's sewing co-operative, Sewing Straight Lines, is up and running at the Global Resource Centre.  The Collective began as a group of women who met three times a week in the summer of 2016 at the Windsor Workers Education Centre to learn basic sewing skills, and work towards becoming a worker cooperative business.  As democratically run workplaces, worker cooperatives provide people with alternatives to low-waged precarious work.  The worker cooperative would provide its members not only with sewing skills but also with a variety of other skills needed to run a business.  These include how to make decisions in a collective way, how to handle finances, how to run meetings and how to make your voice heard.  We want to become a democratic workplace in a city experiencing factory closures with largely low-wage work taking the place of those lost jobs.  Based in our community, the worker cooperative puts workers in control of their work, making decisions for themselves in an atmosphere of cooperation and mutual aid.

February 21, 2018

It is with great sadness we have to close our Ten Thousand Villages store.  For 13 years the store has been the physical manifestation of our commitment to alternative trade, equitable use of resources, fair wages for workers in the developing world, safe working conditions and dignity for all.

During the operation of the store our sales were almost $1.8 million, helping many our of poverty, educating children, and empowering women.  The far reaching and future effects of the work we have been a part of will help make this world more humane, and bring positive change to our artisans.

We hope you will continues to support fair trade by purchasing these products in your local grocery store, online at and other fair trade sites.

Thank you Windsor for your support.

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