Sonia Manuel-Dupont is a professor of Communication Disorders and Deaf Education and English at USU. She and her husband came to Cache Valley in 1982 and were thrilled to find communities of people interested in fair trade, sustainability, and animal rescue. She was a regular visitor to Global Village Gifts since it opened and just recently joined the board. She is involved with SEEEME (Sustainable Engineering, Education and Economics) and has made several trips to Uganda to provide sanitary pads for girls, women's health programs, eyeglass clinics, solar panels and most recently a 4-room school. In her free time she gardens, hikes and volunteers for 4 Paws Rescue.
Julie grew up overseas until she attended Utah State University. She met her husband in the Philippines, and he is now employed at USU. She has three children and three grandchildren with one more on the way....
She's had a long time relationship with Global Village. Working with Sally Keller, Founder of GVG, she has been affiliated with GVG from the early years and she continues to volunteer until present day. She's worn many different hats in the organization. She was instrumental in moving the store into its current location into the Champ House. She loves fair trade!
Global Village Gifts is a fair trade store dedicated to providing fair prices to artisans who would not otherwise receive a fair price for the handicrafts.