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New Deputy Manager for Fair Do’s

You may have already met Rachel, as she has been working in the shop a couple of days a week. Rachel officially joined us in April 2017, after spending 6 months volunteering with us.

Rachel M

We thought you might like to get to know Rachel a bit more so we put a few questions to her!

Hello Rachel, we know that you have long been a customer of Fair Do’s before applying for the job here, what’s one of your favourite things you’ve bought from the shop?

I love (almost!) everything that we sell, and I appreciate the hard work, time and pride that has gone into each and every product. My favourite at the moment is the Brown Sugar Shampoo. It leaves my hair clean and shiny, and you only need a drop or two.

Tell us a little bit about your background.

I grew up in Africa, but spent a lot of time in the UK, studying for Hotel Management. Once qualified, I returned home and worked many happy years in Victoria Falls, then moving to Harare. I worked in Hospitality, Retail and Sales. I lived in Zimbabwe through the recession, with inflation of over 70 billion %, yes that’s 70,000,000,000% which resulted in the abandonment of the currency, farm invasions and  the collapse of law and order. I am a strong believer in morals and principals, kindness and fairness and I am proud to work for Fair Do’s and make a difference.

If you could visit any country in the world, which would you choose?

I would love to go to Australia, many of my good friends left Zimbabwe and moved there, and have settled there. I would love the space, the skies, especially at night, and the ocean and the Barrier Reef.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time I love taking long walks with my dog, Scooby. We love to get out and explore. I enjoy gardening, and am discovering that I have green fingers. I have just moved house, so I am still unpacking….

How have you found your time at Fair Do’s so far and what are you looking forward to about working here?

I love the challenge of a new situation, being able to look at it with fresh eyes, and I am so grateful that I have a supportive team that allows me to share my ideas, and test them out. I am African, and know the value of life in developing countries. I know that there are so many amazing delicacies and crafts out there, that no one has yet discovered. I know that I can make a difference by buying Fairtrade and working for Fair Do’s.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this little insight into our new staff member’s life (and a nice little advertising pitch at the end there, she’s learning quickly!!) Do pop into the shop soon and say hello to her!