Global Gifts

Staff member Gracia Valliant (left) and store manager Dave Debikey have both traveled to meet with artisans and have seen fair trade break the cycle of poverty firsthand.“Fair trade supports efforts toward equity, environmental sustainability, and protecting human rights,” says Debikey. In her experience with women makers in Guatemala, Valliant says that, not only does fair trade provide financial independence, but it also helps reduce sex trafficking and child labor.

Lynae Sowinski
Vice President, Board of Directors at Limestone Post
Lynae joined Limestone Post in the summer of 2015. She works with all contributors and manages the editorial content for the site.

A Bloomington native, Lynae graduated with honors from Indiana University’s School of Journalism in 2012 with a minor in sociology. She started her editing career at Bloom Magazine as a high school intern and, over the course of almost eight years, advanced to the position of associate editor. Among other duties, she managed the website, magbloom.com, which won Best Journalism Website in 2012 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.