Ethiopia, Day 9: Fair Trade



We have been on the go, from waking up early to find a Sunday market to bouncing along on an incredibly bad road for more hours than I care to mention. We left the dry heat of the tribal lands for the incredible lush coffee-growing region. We are staying at a coffee farm, and upon arriving in this beautiful areas Yirgacheffe and Yirgalem.

ImageThe upside is our team is fun and good-spirited, and the landscape simply could not inspire me any more. Each area’s so different and inspiring.

The bad news is, it’s really poor. When I think of the coffee trade and the massive amount of money made on coffee, and you see how very poor the people doing all that work for our morning coffee experience are — well, all I can say is buy fair trade. They are not asking for aid, just fair trade.

The highlight of the day was painting on location on a coffee plantation as the sunset. Pure joy!

There is so much more to share, but I’m utterly exhausted. So until next time, thank you for joining my journey!


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About Stephanie Schlatter Art

Stephanie Schlatter is an Artist who draws from the world for inspiration. While she calls Grand Rapids, Michigan, home she’s often off on new adventures. For more than a decade, her journeys have taken her across the globe. She has studied art both locally and abroad, including time in Mexico, where she decided to shift her focus from photography to painting. Stephanie's travels led her to found Absolutely Art: A Project for Change in 2006. Through this non-profit organization, she brings art instruction to the children of Ethiopia while supporting their education. Stephanie's work reflects an expression influenced by other cultures which resonates a variety of influences that have given her work direction.

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