Give a shop - Cafod World Gifts

By staff writers
April 1, 2008
Community Shop

If your thinking about going shopping for the ideal gift but can't make up your mind, then why not give a whole shop?

Giving a special charity gift is a great way to celebrate a friend or loved one's birthday or anniversary, Christmas or Valentine’s Day – and show that you really care (in more ways that one) without giving unwanted clutter.

You can give a charity gift through CAFOD, a charity who work with and support some of the poorest and most vulnerable people around the world, regardless of race, gender, religion or nationality. Through their ‘World Gifts' programme, you can give an ethical gift to a friend or loved one and help make the world a fairer, more equitable place at the same time.

You could give a community the gift of a shop for £1500. In developing countries the community shop can be real force for the eradication of poverty and hunger. It does so many jobs for a community that its value can hardly be reckoned. The community shop provides a market for locally produced foods, management and business training, and vital financial and marketing skills.

In addition to training, the community shop gift acts as a seed collection and storage facility; excess food can also be stored there so that it is not wasted, providing for times of shortage. It supports livelihoods, encourages an enterprising spirit, and enables a community to be self-supporting and to sustain itself through the hard times. The gift of a shop really does offer a brighter future to the whole community.

The COMAL network is a group of over 200 shops supported by CAFOD in Honduras. Constantino Martinez was struggling to get by on a labourer’s wage before receiving a cheap loan from COMAL. He now runs a small farm and sells his produce at the local shop.

Speaking about how COMAL has helped him he said: "COMAL gives us loans and we pay them back in grain. They sell our products in their shops."

And if the gift of a community shop isn't for you, the range of charity gifts on offer is wide. But whatever gift you choose, you can be sure that your charity gift is really making a practical difference to lives of poor people.

Find out more about giving the gift of teacher training through CAFOD at the CAFOD website here

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