8 am - 3 pm Saturday, November 17th
1 pm - 3 pm Sunday, November 18th
Fair trade is a growing worldwide movement and Ten Thousand Villages has been leading this movement for over 60 years. We at
“Green” and “Fair Trade” are partners in kind with “Peace” and Justice.” They are inseparable. When you allow a person, or a village, to use traditional skills to earn living wages from materials that they can acquire locally today and tomorrow and for the foreseeable future, they are going to ensure that their livelihoods are firmly grounded in ecologically sustainable systems.
For example, Albert Espin, an artisan and workshop owner near
We can feel good about doing our Christmas shopping at the Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale because we know the money we spend is going to help incubator businesses in small developing countries all over the world. Women in these countries are being empowered as they apply for, receive, and pay off micro-loans that help them get businesses started that employ many of their neighbors. Small companies are forming to locally produce handicrafts that simultaneously preserve age-old traditions and history while giving the rest of the world some insight into lesser known and fascinating cultures in the far corners of the world.
Meanwhile, in this country, we are seeing magazines like Natural Home advertise the new practice of planning green weddings where you can use the Ten Thousand Villages registry as a resource for couples who want to go green. In our own backyard, Dollywood has for four years welcomed the Ten Thousand Villages shop at the Festival of Nations. Additionally, Ten Thousand Villages has been ranked by “Better World Shopper” among the top ten “Small But Beautiful” companies based on its social and environmental responsibility. In short, these companies are “leading the way in building a better world.”
And you can help! Come to the sale in the John and