Our shop name Sonia’s Smile was inspired by a photograph of a Peruvian girl with a wonderful smile taken in 1992 when she was about 8 years old, the shop was opened in 2001. We met in 2005 when making a successful visit to twin Haworth with Machu Picchu Pueblo.
We are members of The British Association for Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers so the majority of our stock is from companies who are BAFTS wholesale members.
The emphasis is of course fair trade and we are involved whenever possible in campaigning and raising awareness of fair trade issues not only during Fairtrade Fortnight but at many events throughout the year.
The video was made several years ago by our good friend Jamie. Unfortunately, many of the items are not stocked any more. Oromo coffee for example. This was a wonderful project and fantastic coffee and we were one of the first in the Country to support this great cause but after 5 years the situation changed and it was no longer viable. During that time it supported the refugees fleeing conflict in Ethiopia. We hosted some of these lovely people in Haworth at a food fair.
We also don’t usually have Zotter chocolate any more and the fairy dresses are no longer available, neither are the wooden carvings. You may also notice some price tickets are a bit out of date! Despite this, we didn’t want to lose the video, thanks Jamie!