Ten Thousand Villages
Founded in 1946, the company has grown from the trunk of founder Edna Ruth Byler’s car to a network of more than 150 retail outlets throughout the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products. The company encourages artisan partners to use environmentally friendly processes, sustainable natural resources and recycled materials to ensure each product offered has been crafted responsibly. Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit program of Mennonite Central Committee.
One of the world’s largest fair trade organizations, the company strives to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries. Ten Thousand Villages accomplishes this by establishing a sustainable market for handmade products in North America, and building long term buying relationships in places where skilled artisan partners lack opportunities for stable income. Product sales help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed.
Ten Thousand Villages was a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO).
Their Judaica products include menorahs made from recycled bicycle chains and brass.
Ten Thousand Villages wholesales its products to retail stores and provides an on-line store.
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