May 15, 2015

Sad Loss to M+M and the Kempinski Customers


For nearly 5 years the Management and Staff of the Kempinski Khan Palace Hotel in UB have supported Fair Trade by allowing Mary & Martha to have a display cabinet in their lobby. This came about from the forward thinking of the German management who genuinely supported fair trade BUT also realised the value, commercially, since so many of their customers associated the Kempinski with the support of fair trade through Mary & Martha.

Unfortunately times are difficult in Mongolia and the Mongolian Owners of the Kempinski have seen a need to remove Mary & Martha so they can introduce their none fair trade approved products (socks) for sale. So sadly this is the end or a very good mutually beneficial relationship.

All is not lost - just 6 weeks ago Mary & Martha introduced fair trade socks to our shop in town - Camel, Yak and Cashmere - and the socks are just walking out of the shop!

May 14, 2015

Fair Trade Weekend Results

Well Supported is an Understatement!

People in Ulaanbaatar came out in force, bought well and donated well towards rebuilding Nepal.  Sales were really encouraging as were comments about service and product quality.

The fund raising result was USD 1,300 for Nepal.  A big thank you to everyone who took part.  The fair trade theme was "Be an Agent for Change". It was aimed at supporting the fair trade supply chain ensuring everyone in the chain can achieve a living wage whilst the customer receives quality products at reasonable prices.  BUT through the donations you are all Agents for Change in the lives of people in Nepal who are suffering so much at this time.

Challenges for Mary & Martha!

As governmental decisions are made about making Ulaanbaatar pavements more accessible once more, we are also trying to comply.  The initial move by authorities is to try to remove all extensions build since 2007 that affect pavements - our front shop steps are guilty as charged BUT we hope that the guilt of 2 steps does not lead to the loss of the full extension.  If the walls do come down, it will happen in our busiest time of year and could obliterate any change of a profitable / sustainable year for Mary & Martha - so we really hope authorities will be reasonable.

May 8, 2015

Fantastic First Day ...

Mary & Martha's special Agent for Change.

Tugsuu is the greatest person to welcome people to our shop and to promote Fair trade with its special relationship with our artisans ... and all the staff are right up there with her.


May 7, 2015

World Fair Trade Weekend @ Mary & Martha is HERE

We're ready - are you ready?

We have a double bill working over 3 days, so no one has to miss out - 8-10 May Friday - Sunday.  Check out our location tab for directions.

If you are a foreigner or native to Mongolia you are probably an Agent for Change - working hard to make Mongolia a fantastic place to be.


Mary & Martha is playing its own small role changing lives by nurturing start up businesses run by Mongolians and ethnic Kazakhs.  Some brand new, some who have been with us on the journey for 8 years now.  Our Ethical & Fair chain lifts people's lives and delivers high quality products for every budget.  We all get a fair return on our labours and our customers are able to buy unique products at a fair price.

We have many new product lines this year and our staff are keen to introduce them to you.  


We also have our in house calligrapher waiting to paint your name in traditional Mongolian script.

BUT to a more sombre note.  The earthquake disaster in Nepal is at the forefront of our thoughts we we want to do our bit to support the disaster relief and rebuilding ... so 10% of all sales this weekend will go straight to Nepal together with a matched donation from the owners of Mary & Martha.  the more you buy the more we can give.

Mary & Martha Mongolia is still the only organisation in Mongolia (actually Central Asia) that is a registered member of the World Fair trade Organisation  WFTO and also members of Unashamedly Ethical   UE.


Apr 12, 2015

2015 WORLD FAIR TRADE DAY

It seems in many countries a WORLD FAIR TRADE DAY is held each year.  This year it is planned for 9th May.  And the theme is "Be an Agent for Change".

However, Mary & Martha customers know better ... every day of the year is a Fair Trade Day at the Mary & Martha Retail shop in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia just as it is for all our customers who buy retail and wholesale from overseas.  And all are "Agents for Change" every time they buy or sell a Mary & Martha Product.

So Mary & Martha have decided to have a World Fair Trade WEEKEND to give us time to celebrate and affirm as many customers as possible as our "Agents for Change".


Please drop by Mary & Martha sometime between10.30 - 6.30 on 8-10 May

Check out this blog after the 4th May for more information 
AND check out the  WFTD 2015 Tab above.

Oct 1, 2014

Do you think you have been double-charged?

We want to put things right

Mary & Martha recently added a Khan Bank card machine to complement its Golomt Bank machines to allow more flexibility in cards accepted. 

On 2 occasions in September, customer cards have been charged when the machine said the card/transaction had been ‘rejected’.    The amounts were:  
36,500 MNT NO NAME, and 314,000 MNT (twice!), to CHRISTINE.
      
Khan bank personnel have verbally admitted it is their bank system problem and we can confirm it is NOT a M&M staff problem.   We found out when we were paid twice!

The bank say they have NO method to contact customers (unlike other banks) to reimburse their cards.  M&M have now stopped using the Khan Bank for card purchase transactions and are awaiting an official apology for the distress and difficulty caused to M&M and our customers.

Pass this on to friends, visitors and expats living in Mongolia who may be one of the 2 people double charged.   We would like to be in contact with these customers  so we can be confident they get their money back!  Any help appreciated.

Thanks, Irene of Mary & Martha
(976) 99 72 52 97

May 15, 2014

POST WFTD

Everyone talks about the weather!

So we had 12cm of snow on the Thursday night.  Temperatures rose above freezing and suddenly we were a shop with a river passing by.  Our first day was a little slow ....

But the word was getting around about our VINTAGE Wall Hanging Shop.

A bit drab on the outside - but take a peak ...
 BUT more than 50 wall hangings to select from (from 12 years old to over 40 years old), having spent their lives in Kazakh Gers in the West of Mongolia.  AND a second room filled with Recycled Wall Hanging products - cushion covers, all sorts of bags and even wrist bands for the more trendy.





Saturday and Sunday brought out the Mary & Martha supporters, all ready to shop till they dropped.  Sales on the Saturday were our 2nd best day ever due to a gentleman from New York bagging 11 wall hangings and many table runners.  Sunday was still an amazing day for May.  The result was a good day for customers, Mary & Martha, and our artisans in this unique supply chain.  AND four charities in Mongolia will now benefit from Mary & Martha donations based on our sales.


Of course we were forced to celebrate WFTD and the start to our summer season.