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St Benet Biscop celebrates first big sale

Young Co-operative at work

Congratulations to the Young Co-operative at St Benet Biscop Catholic High School in Northumberland, which is celebrating its first big sale – of jewellery made by veterans in South Africa.

On Tuesday 23 March, the group made £198 at a school sales session, which coincided with a visit by Fairtrade producers from Kenya and Uganda.

The jewellery sold is made by Tshepanang ex-combatants association in Alexandra, Johannesburg.

Young Co-operative Customers

Members of Tshepanang (which means ‘trust amongst each other’) are unique as their partnership comprises of former combatants of both Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC), and the Azanian People’s Liberation Army (APLA), the armed wing of the Pan African Congress (PAC). The ex-fighters united in the vision of a sustainable business that would provide income for them and their families, with students from St Benet Biscop becoming sales agents in the UK.

Young Co-operative Sales