Bottega del Mondo Merano
Volunteer work and awareness-raising activities
The Weltladen Meran was founded in 1991 and opened in Steinach, the oldest part of the town of Merano. Since 1996, the shop is located in the inner courtyard behind the Vinschger Tor. The shop is administered by a social, non- profit cooperative under the leadership of Klaudia Resch and with the collaboration of two part time employees, the shop manager Ulli Kienzl and Rosmarie Ennemoser. The help of the numerous volunteers, who regularly help in the shop or sustain the fair trade cause in other forms, is indispensable. They are the pillars of the cooperative and contribute substantially to its (economic) success. They also make sure that many costumers stay close to the Weltladen and more and more join every year. The aim of the Weltladen is to make itself unnecessary. “If we could just buy fair trade products in all shops, we would not need the Weltläden anymore”, as one volunteer explains.
In our shop, we are happy to advise you about our high quality, exclusively fair trade products (food, handcraft of all kinds, and ideas for presents, clothing, and much more). Part of this process, is the explanation of the ideals behind the fair trade concept. This, however, does not only happen in the shop; we take advantage of plenty of possibilities outside e.g. Emergency-Festival to spread our fair trade products among people. Moreover, the Weltladen organises (often in Collaboration with other organisations of the city of Merano and surroundings) several events about different topics related to fair trade. In 2016, we celebrated our first 25 years of activity.