Baskets from Africa and Asia, fair trade coffees and chocolates, crafts from India, Chilean scarves and notebooks from Nepal are among the items for sale at a shop opened for Christmas by a former Oklahoman.
The Pambe Ghana Fair Trade Global Market will be open from noon to 6 p.m. through Saturday at 6516 N Olie.
Operated by former Oklahoma City resident Alice Azumi Iddi-Gubbels, 56, and a group of metro volunteers led by Jane Wheeler, the market is offered during the holiday season to raise money for Iddi-Gubbels' La'Angum Learning Center in her native northern Ghana.
Iddi-Gubbels said the shop is housed again this year in storefront space donated by Chesapeake Energy Corp.
She said she taught at Westminster School for many years while her husband, Peter Gubbels, a Canadian native, worked at World Neighbors in Oklahoma City. Iddi-Gubbels said in the eight years she and her husband stayed in the metro area, she went back to school and earned her master's degree in early childhood education at Oklahoma City University.
The educator said she always longed to return to Ghana to provide educational opportunities for children in the rural area where she grew up.
“People who knew me here encouraged me to do something about it, otherwise it would remain a dream,” she said.
Iddi-Gubbels said she returned to Ghana in 2007, and in 2008 she started a school where children are taught in their native languages and in English. She created the bilingual approach because of her own experiences in Ghana, where she and other students were prohibited from speaking Mampruli, the language of their village of Bongbini, and the dropout rate was high.