Hope through a Coffee Break

Cups will be raised as the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Maxi Martin, officially opens the Tariro Fair-trade coffee shop in London Road Morden on Thursday 3 July 2003.

Tariro is the shona (Zimbabwe) word for hope. It will offer fair trade coffee on the go or to enjoy within the shop and will sell products made by the street kids in Zimbabwe and those with leprosy in Nepal. The shop also aims to promote other environmentally friendly actions such as recycling and will be using paper cups made from recycled paper, and selling pre-packaged organic food.

Merton Council is fully backing the shop and is delighted to have a Fair-trade outlet in the borough. The Tariro coffee shop will also make a contribution to the general regeneration of Morden town centre.

Tariro is the 370th Fair-trade outlet to open in London since the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, made a commitment to make London a Fair-trade city by setting a target of seeing 370 Fair-trade outlets open. He will be sending his personal congratulations to the shop.

Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, said: “I am delighted to be supporting the opening of the Tariro Fair-trade Coffee House today in Morden. Fair-trade ensures a better deal for marginalised and disadvantaged producers from the developing world, and I am working with key groups in London to make London a fair-trade city.

“The opening has extra significance as the Tariro Coffee House becomes the 370th catering outlet in London selling fair-trade, equalling the target London must achieve in this sector for the provision of fair-trade products. I wish Tariro Fair-trade Coffee House every future success and I hope it raises the profile of fair-trade in Merton.”

Mayor of Merton, Councillor Maxi Martin, said, “Fair-trade outlets ensure that farmers and workers in the developing world receive a decent price for their produce and goods. It’s great to see Fair-trade come to Morden.”

Caroline Katiyo, from Tariro Fair-trade Coffee Shop, said: “This is a chance for Morden to experience something different, with high quality products and an opportunity to help others. I hope it will encourage people to believe that they can take positive action to change the lives of those in other parts of the world.”

For further information on Tariro Fair-trade Coffee Shop contact Caroline Katiyo on 07989 436 133