Archive for September, 2012

Swahili Proverbs

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Baada ya dhiki, faraja
After hardship comes relief

Mwenda mbiyo hujikwaa dole
A person in too much hurry stubs his toe

Kila ndege huruka kwa bawa lake
Every birds flies with his own wings

Shoka lisilo mpini halichanji kuni
An axe without a handle doesn’t split firewood

Mficha uchi hazai
One who hides his private parts will never have a child

Asiyefunzwa na mamaye hufunzwa na ulimwengu
He who was not taught by his mother will be taught by the world

Akili nyingi huondoa maarifa
Too much thinking (great wit) drives away wisdom

Mpanda ovyo hula ovya
A disorderly person will eat disorderly

Si kila mwenye makucha huwa simba
Not all that have claws are lions

Yote yang’aayo usidhani ni dhahabu
All that glitters do not think that is gold

Maji ya kifuu ni bahari ya chungu
Water in a coconut shell is like an ocean to an ant

Kwenda mbio si kufika
Too run is not necessarily too arrive

Asiye na mengi ana machache
Even he who has not many troubles has a few

Painamapo ndipo painukapo
Where it slopes down is where it slopes up

Usijifanye kuku mweupe
Do not pretend to be a white fowl when you’re only an ordinary chap

Kujikwaa si kuanguka, bali ni kwenda mbele
To stumble is not to fall down but to go forward

Kufa kikondoo, ndiko kufa kiungwana
To die like a sheep is to die like a gentleman

Usiende kukate tikiti kabla hujapata ruhusa ya kusafiri
Don’t buy a ticket before you have been permitted to travel

Kichango, kuchangizana
Everyone should contribute when a collection is made

Subira ni ufunguo wa faraja
Patience is the key to tranquillity

Fuata nyuki, ule asali
Follow bees and you’ll eat honey

Hapana marefu yasiyo na cha
There is no distance that has no end

Join us for GlobalFest: Asia, Chicago Fair Trade’s Annual Fundraiser

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Globalfest 2012


Chicago, as the largest Fair Trade City in North America, has reached a critical mass of support for fair trade by businesses, government, institutions and individual consumers. We invite you to be part of this growth by attending Globalfest 2012, Chicago Fair Trade’s annual fundraising event on Thursday, October 18th, 2012 at DIRTT (Doing It Right This Time). Support economic development that sustains communities while enjoying an evening in this elegant space overlooking the Chicago River.

Globalfest will feature our fair trade connections to Asia, with appetizers, fair trade wine, music and silent auction. We will learn of Asian producer stories during a brief program that will also include the presentation of Chicago Fair Trade’s fifth Changemaker Award.

Funds raised at this event will help Chicago Fair Trade increase support for fair trade in the metro area, ensuring that producers in developing countries earn a fair wage and affect change in their communities. Through its members, Chicago Fair Trade has a positive impact on over a million fair trade producers worldwide. In addition, your support will help us extend the reach of our programming for schools and youth groups that have touched the lives of over 500 youth last year, creating global citizens for the future.

If you have questions about Globalfest 2012 or Chicago Fair Trade, please contact Nancy Jones, Director at 312-212-1760 or

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