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WELCOME to Mankato - the first Fair Trade Town in Minnesota (declared October 24, 2011)! - and to the work of the Mankato Area Fair Trade Town Initiative.
We are glad that you are interested in getting to know us in MAFTTI.
These adjacent towns are situated on either side of the Minnesota River, 83 miles south-west of the Twin Cities.
MAFTTI has made a big thing of "Carmen Miranda" as a way of expanding local awareness of the the growing number of Fair Trade products available in the Mankato area.
On October 9, 2010, and again on October 1, 2011, some of us were involved in the Homecoming Parade through the Mankato campus of Minnesota State University. "Carmen Miranda" made her second and fourth appearances aboard the MAFTTI float, showing off a variety of Fair Trade products. Take a look at the Photo Gallery for a slideshow about her debut on July 12, 2010 at the North Mankato Fun Days Parade.
Carmen Miranda's third outing was in North Mankato again on a hot, humid morning on July 9, the day of the 2011 Fun Days Parade. Here we are, waiting for the Parade to start. More pictures on Facebook.
This year MAFTTI was joined in the parade by students from Loyola Catholic School, Mankato. On May 1 Loyola became the FIRST Fair Trade K-12 School in the whole country - and only the third Fair Trade High School. Bravo Loyola!!!
MAFTTI's Fair Trade Declaration has been marked by the production of a new poster (fit for framing!) that bears the same image as our T-shirts.
Now that Mankato's a Fair Trade Town, is it all over? By no means. We've only just begun. North Mankato, which has a limited retail sector, presents a higher bar in Fair Trade terms but MAFTTI is working on it.
There is also a host of ways by which the life of Mankato can be enriched by spreading public awareness about Fair Trade, increasing purchasing of Fair Trade products and getting to understand how the international trade system works. We need your help as never before.
The Help Wanted page has a host of possibilities. Perhaps one or two of them will jump out at you.
We hope to hear from you, wherever you are. It’s a small world!
If you are in the Mankato-North Mankato area, we hope that you will join the effort, even if you don’t talk Minnesotan.