Update from Anti-Body…

Anti-Body‘s most recent e-mail update had some information on Tamara’s trip to Liberia:

Anti-Body’s recent trip to Liberia was organized to officially launch Phase One of Cooperation Coconut! Though we’ve been working out details for months, it was the trip that allowed us to start building a relationship with the future employees of the co- operative. Each person has their unique story and we look forward to introducing them to you over the next several weeks so that you too find yourself invested in the lives of those who will provide Anti-Body with fair trade and unrefined coconut oil.

Liberia is beautiful and has an abundance of natural resources, including coconuts. But due to recent civil war, Liberia has signs of poverty and devastation everywhere. With an overwhelming unemployment rate of 85%, their daily struggle to survive has almost become routine. There is little sanitation and clean drinking water is too expensive to purchase. Transportation is also costly with gas prices up to $5 a gallon.

Fair trade employment for these few will drastically change their lives and the lives of their families. We look forward to embarking on this exciting journey with you and to continue forming long-term relationships with our Liberian friends. As a consumer, you are the most powerful influence on change. Thank you for making this possible by chosing Anti-Body’s fair trade skincare products!

Meet Vera

pix of Vera from LiberiaVera Karlors is the youngest member of the co-op. She’s 18 and extremely shy. Brought up during the war, she spent most of her childhood moving from place to place hiding from the rebels. Her father died during the war and her mother cannot afford to provide for her so she lives with her uncle and cousins in a one room structure. For her family she cooks, sweeps, does the laundry and other domestic chores. Vera would rather work than talk, she’s that shy (a symptom of the war). Her uncle is able to send her to school (approximately $50 a year) and she is currently a Senior at a local high school. Science is her favorite subject and she is proud to receive an education, a luxury many cannot afford in Liberia. Vera is unemployed and looks forward to her future employment with Anti-Body so that she can take care of herself and her family.

We’re excited about the progress that Anti-Body is making with starting new co-ops, and truly putting into practice the dreams expressed in The Fair Trade.

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