What’s YOUR One Reason Why?

Over the course of one day, everyone is involved in their own personal and pre-determined routine. Waking up, showering, eating breakfast, going to work, etc… Whatever these actions may consist of, we go through the motions with either emotion or apathy. Have you ever truly stopped to ask yourself why? Why do we have running water, electricity, or even Netflix at our disposal when numerous other countries around the world are struggling? More importantly, when do we ask about what we can do for those in need in our own neighborhood, let alone complete strangers in developing countries?

This is why One Reason Why: A Fair Trade Art Show is so near and dear to my heart. Working at Ten Thousand Villages has tremendously broadened my horizons on the true and often heartbreaking injustices that artisans in developing countries face when selling their products to companies who do not participate in Fair Trade. I’ll never forget one of the stories that a staff member who corresponds with one of our artisans told me. She explained with the brightest twinkle of passion in her eyes that with the help of Fair Trade one of the women who makes baskets for the store was able to pay for her daughter’s college tuition and finally had a house made from adobe bricks that the artisan herself helped build. I found myself getting misty-eyed at the tale because you can’t get that kind of personal connection from many stores. The mall doesn’t provide artisan stories for all of my clothing. Many grocery stores don’t have pictures of those who baked my bread or canned my Nutella. Stories like that give me an entirely different perspective on Fair Trade each and every time so that more and more pieces of the larger picture of Fair Trade are revealed.

Another piece of the Fair Trade picture is One Reason Why: A Fair Trade Art Show (ORW). ORW gives us the opportunity to share with you some of the most spectacular one-of-a-kind pieces of art that we’ve seen all around the world. All of us at the store spend countless hours researching the different artisan groups and their techniques to educate you on each and every piece of artwork at the event. Why, you might ask? It’s all for the artisans. We are trying to gain as much support for Fair Trade as possible.

This is where you come in. With your support, we can help ensure the Austin community learns about the global fair trade movement and continues to improve the livelihood of artisans around the world by purchasing fair trade crafts. You could be one of the customers who provides a college education or safety to a young family in a developing country. You could be the reason that an artisan group can receive the supplies needed to continue making products for Ten Thousand Villages so that they can continue providing for their families.

That’s my One Reason Why. What is yours? We hope that you’ll join us for this inspiring event!

One Reason Why: A Fair Trade Art Show

Friday, October 5, 2012  7-10pm

805 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701

Drop by our website (http://austin.tenthousandvillages.com) for ticket and sponsorship information!