St Katherine’s was thrilled to welcome Urania Liseth Hernandez from Nicaragua as part of her visit to the south west during Fairtrade Fortnight organised by Bristol Link with Nicaragua (BLINC).
36 year old Urania is from the La Perla community and has been a member of her co-operative since 2002. Supported by a project that enables women to access and farm land she initially grew coffee on a hectare of land and the profits have allowed her to buy another 1.5 hectares where she now also grows cocoa.
Urania spent the day at St Katherine’s and her presence prompted some interesting discussions as aspects of Fairtrade were taught and debated in lessons. After a Fairtrade breakfast in The Leaf, Urania took part in a Year 7 Geography lesson that reviewed the problems of the global banana trade and how Fairtrade is making it a fairer business for growers. She talked about starting a business with Year 10 business students before discussing Fairtrade as a strategy for Human Rights Intervention with Year 13 geography students. A Fairtrade lunch at The Leaf served by hospitality students rounded off Urania’s visit.