Nonprofit or community organization
Last modified: August 26, 2011, 2:12 AM
Our mission is to create opprtunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long term fair trading relationships. Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit partner Mennonite Central Committee, the relief and development agency of North American Mennonite and Bethren in Christ churches, and has worked with people around the world since 1946.
Ten Thousand Villages believes that each village in the world represents a unique, distinctive group of people. Multiply the village by ten thousand and it represents the world it is working to build. The idea for the name came from a quote by Mahatama Gandhi. He said, "..India is not to be found in it's few cities but in the 700,000 villages...We have hardly even paused to inquire if these folks get sufficient to eat and cloth themselves with. "
Our store offers a distinctive selection of fairly traded handcrafts, clothing, musical instruments, home decor, coffee and art from around the world.