Shared Interest is coming to a venue near you. Come along to one of our regional member events to find out more about Shared Interest and learn about the impact made by your investment.

PROGRAMME 10.30 – Registration 11.00 – Welcome and Guest Speaker – Amanda Galliano, Liberation Foods 11.25 – Review of recent activity 11.50 – Question and Answer session 12.30 – Lunch, networking, and stalls 13.30 – Main event closes 13.45 – Optional workshop, learn more about volunteering and other ways to get involved 15.00 – Close All events are open to non-members, so please feel free to bring along a friend and introduce them to Shared Interest. Places are free but limited. Guest Speaker: Amanda Galliano is Business Development Manager for Liberation Foods, the UK's only Fairtrade farmer-owned nut company. Their vision is a world in which small-holder nut producers earn a decent, secure income and can plan for the future. For this reason, they buy their nuts from the co-operatives of smallscale growers and farmers, who own a 44 percent share of the company. Liberation brings together peanut farmers from Malawi and Nicaragua, cashew farmers from India and El Salvador, and Brazil nut gatherers from the Amazon rainforest. Producers are also shareholders, united in their goal and actively involved in the whole supply chain. DIRECTIONS The main entrance and café entrance are on George Street. Arts at the Old Fire Station is located next to Gloucester Green bus station and a 5 minute walk from Oxford train station. Parking in central Oxford is expensive and spaces can be limited. The closest car parks are Worcester Green and underground at Gloucester Green. EMPOWERING FARMERS The image above shows Shared Interest customers Andean Naturals who buy quinoa from small farms in the mountains of Bolivia and Peru and distributes it throughout North America. Andean Naturals was set up in 2004 by five Bolivian entrepreneurs based in the US who wanted to help farmers in Bolivia gain access to the North American market. Since then the company has built a reputation as a specialist supplier of quinoa, and quinoa-based products such as flour, pasta and flakes. The organisation uses a Shared credit facility to offer the 4,000 farmers involved pre-harvest payments. This means that they can receive payment for their produce before the quinoa is sold. “To all those who help our efforts, I say on behalf of all of us, thank you from my heart.” Efigenia, Bolivian Quinoa farmer.

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