TROY — Do you ever think about where the products come from that you buy every day? Who made your clothes? Where was your food grown? If you shop at Pachamama Market, 116 S. Market St., Troy, you would know the origin of each product you purchase. Store owner Lindsay Woodruff spoke to Troy Rotarians during their March 7 meeting on the importance of being a “fair trade” merchant.
The word “pachamama” is Incan (native Peruvian) for “Mother Earth” and is an appropriate appellation for the philosophy of her business. She features a wide variety of fair trade agricultural and handcrafted goods, including baskets, coffee, clothing, cotton, home and kitchen décor, jewelry, soap, tea, toys and chocolate. An item is fair trade if it is part of a system focused on alleviating global poverty and promoting sustainability through ethical local trade with disadvantaged producers. Producers are often unemployed, or underemployed, indigenous people who make items for sale from any available resource, including trash or recycled materials. The products should not be the result of exploiting workers, especially children, oppressed minorities, or victims of human trafficking. The principle of fair trade extends all the way to the final sale of the product and is a requirement Pachamama Market must meet.
Woodruff welcomes customers to her shop every day of the week. You can learn more about Pachamama Market and the products Woodruff offers by visiting the store’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pachamamamarketoh/.
Troy Rotarians and the Troy Rotary Foundation support several community projects annually. During the 2015-16 Rotary year, over $23,000 in scholarships and community aid was distributed from the fund, including support for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program, Rotary’s annual Shoe Project, academic and community service scholarships, and sponsorships to summer camps at Brukner Nature Center and WACO Air Museum. The Troy Rotary Club is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. Follow their activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club. To learn more about Rotary and membership, visit www.troyohiorotary.org.