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THE BALMORE TRUST was established in 1980 by a group of friends in Balmore to the north of Glasgow, as a result of discussions in the local church about world poverty. They agreed to open a shop in a former Coach House which they acquired rent free, with the simple purpose of raising money and supporting some of the development work that members had contact with.

All the shop’s profits are covenanted to the Trust. In the 32 years of its operation it has raised some £600,000. Together with donations this has enabled the Trust to give away over £1 million. More details about our projects and grants and fundraising elsewhere on the site.

From the start The Coach House sold goods from third world projects through Oxfam,Tearfund and Traidcraft. In the early ‘80s a woman worker from Bangladesh visited us who was working with women’s groups from the poorest levels of society. When we asked her if she would be interested in a grant, she said, “No. I don’t want your money. I want you to sell the goods these women make. That is what gives them their dignity”. Since then our goal has been to sell at least 50% fairly traded goods in the shop. In practice, it is more; other goods come from Scottish craftworkers and producers in Central and Eastern Europe, whom we are also keen to support.