Fairtrade Fortnight - Primi deserves
Friday, 1 March 2019 | Joanna
Primi is one of the ladies who make jewellery for our supplier Just Trade. She lives in Lima, Peru and she is pictured here with her son, Bryan, who has Downs Syndrome.
Having a disabled child is a challenge even in countries like the UK which have a welfare state but in the global south it's even more difficult. Finding work that fits around hospital appointments, being able to bring a disabled child to work if they are unable to attend school and finding suitable childcare are all harder for people with disabled children. Primi also has two older boys as well as Bryan to look after.
Primi finds the work she does for Just Trade fits in perfectly with the life she needs to live now. Bryan has to have physiotherapy three times a week and while most people can't afford to take that much time off, let alone afford the treatment itself in a country without an NHS. Primi can get on with her work on the 2 hour bus journey to take Bryan to hospital. The other ladies in the collective are aware of the challenges Primi faces and will always make sure Primi has as much work as she needs to pay for Bryan's treatment.
Primi's story is one of hope and friendship - a perfect distillation of the adage that it takes a village to raise a child.