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Kelly Clarkson jetted to Peru for fair trade campaign

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Sep 16, 2013 | 10:22am EDT

Singer Kelly Clarkson recently jetted to Peru to visit coffee farms as part of a campaign launching Fair Trade Month in October (13). The My Life Would Suck Without You hitmaker flew to the South American country to meet with farmers and raise awareness of fair trade initiatives, which help struggling workers become financially stable and self-sufficient. The pop star admits the experience was eye-opening for her, telling People.com, "I didn't know that a lot of them didn't have electricity. That's the one cool thing that was for me to learn with this opportunity, (through fair trade) they have more opportunity with their whole community. They have more education and more access to electricity. It's a better way to further the community. I felt like I was actually making a difference, which is something I think we all want to be a part of." Clarkson, whose trip was part of Green Mountain Coffee's Great Coffee, Good Vibes, Choose Fair Trade campaign, also performed a small acoustic concert, despite her fears the locals wouldn't enjoy her music. She adds, "It was so funny 'cause I didn't know if they were gonna like my songs. They would sing along, I think we did like a mini-set for them, so we did a few songs down there. They were dancing, it was just so cool! I felt like I was just in a movie. I was dancing with them!... I couldn't do their steps. I was totally not Beyonce. They all had these cute dances they were doing together... I just started doing (dance moves) the sprinkler and the running man."

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