The Trade Aid story

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In 1969, Christchurch Cou­ple Vi and Richard Cot­trell an­swered an ad for an ad­viser to a re­set­tle­ment scheme for Ti­betan refugees in North­ern In­dia. They lived there for two years with their two chil­dren. Many of the Ti­betan refugees were car­pet weavers. Vi’s job was to find buy­ers for the car­pets all over the world. When they came home, they wanted to go on sup­port­ing the Ti­betan refugees, so they or­dered $1000 worth of car­pets and hung them in the CSA Gallery in Christchurch. Within 15 min­utes of open­ing, all the car­pets were sold. In 1973, the Cot­trells, along with an­other ten like-minded mem­bers, formed a small not-for-profit so­ci­ety. Trade Aid also has a strate­gic part­ner­ship with NZAID (New Zealand Agency for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment) and re­ceives fund­ing for some of their ac­tiv­i­ties to re­duce poverty.

Vi and Richard Cot­trell meet the Dalai Lama in In­dia, circa 1969

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