Fair Trade Decor event in Del Mar helps empower women, create awareness of programs

By Ezra Plancon

Fair Trade Decor is celebrating women from around the world in its second half-day event, “Global Stories: Women’s Empowerment.” From noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 29, organizations and individuals will fill Fair Trade Decor’s space with stories of female entrepreneurship, independence, and, of course, empowerment.

At the heart of Global Stories: Women’s Empowerment is the idea of genuine conversation and collaboration. During the four-hour event at 1412 Camino Del Mar, Fair Trade Decor will bring women from a range of organizations and businesses to share their stories of empowerment with each other and the community.

With all of these amazing women, and the greater San Diego community, together under one roof, new kinds of conversations, involvement, and empowerment will blossom.

Many of the day’s presenters are impressive California-based organizations.

Women’s Empowerment International is housed at UC San Diego. It teams with nonprofits to provide financial assistance to impoverished and refugee women locally and internationally. Through their training and assistance, women can begin their own businesses and create sustainable livelihoods.

Previously a teacher in Honduras, Emily Moberly founded Traveling Stories to fight poverty “one book at a time.” Beginning in 2010, Traveling Stories has established free literacy programs for children and founded seven libraries around the world in towns where, sometimes, a book had never been seen. The organization provides books and programs for children, and resources for others to start their own library anywhere in the world.

Fair Trade Decor of Del Mar is a member of the Fair Trade Federation and offers a diverse range of unique, eco-friendly, and hand-crafted items from more than 40 countries — all are 100 percent authenticated fair trade. Besides offering artisan crafts and home goods, it is the mission of owners Betsy and Jude Paganelli to tell the stories of the men and women around the world who make these pieces and benefit from fair trade agreements, thus giving birth to the Global Stories event series.

This free event is open to all ages and will prove to be a powerful and enlightening afternoon. Stop by anytime from noon to 4 p.m. on June 29 to mingle, shop and ear impressive stories from groups like Women’s Empowerment International, Traveling Stories, Malia Designs, La Mesa Fair Trade, and many more.

Fair Trade Decor is at 1412 Camino Del Mar and open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For information about the store and Global Stories: Women’s Empowerment, visit or