Loras students Kate Russell and Yvette Andersen applied for and received a Catholic Relief Services grant of $5,000in 2009. They were instrumental in spearheading Loras' push toward fair trade status.
Russell and Anderson found it helpful to link their work toward fair trade with Loras' Catholic faith tradition's strong stance toward protecting the dignity of work. Through informal coffeehouse gatherings and speakers, they spread the word about fair trade.
The challenge for Loras continues to be the lack of availability of fair trade products, and some are prohibitively expensive compared to their non-fair trade counterparts.