A World of Thankfulness for Your Holiday Table
The first Thanksgiving celebrated a partnership between people of different cultures, sharing knowledge and skills to help each other survive. This Thanksgiving, we at Ten Thousand Villages honor our artisan partners from many countries and cultures around the world.
As you prepare your holiday feast, join us in giving back to the global community. Below, we showcase multiple offerings for your table that will provide food for theirs.
1. LAY THE FOUNDATION
A beautiful table begins with a festive tablecloth. We have many holiday appropriate designs from which to choose.
2. PRIDE OF PLACE
The next element for a well-dressed table? A pretty place mat, such as these lovelies from Prokritee, constructed from recycled saris.
Prokritee (the Bengali word for “nature”) supports seven handicraft organizations in Bangladesh, mainly employing rural women. A job at Prokritee allows these women to support themselves and give their children an education.
If you have a wooden table, consider adding coasters; they protect the table from water stains and add beauty to holiday décor.
Our Onyx coasters are sourced from Dominion Traders, a pioneering fair trade organization in Pakistan. The organization’s founder hired artisans of different ethnic and religious backgrounds – a rarity in his country. Today, his son carries on this tradition, providing income and benefits for the organization’s diverse employees.
3. WELL SERVED
Food’s on! Colorful or neutral, these rustic serving pieces make sharing a pleasure.
Uganda Crafts employs individuals with disabilities in a retail store, markets artisan crafts, and supports youth and people with AIDS/HIV. Employees receive training, healthcare, emergency loans and transportation. Eighty-five percent of the employees are women.
4. A CENTERED PIECE
After the last morsel has disappeared, a candle’s happy glow encourages guests to linger.
Candelas La Luciérnaga (“Firefly Candles”) is a small three-woman team that makes candles using natural materials. They are supported by Actions for Popular Development, a nonprofit that empowers women and has created a women’s shelter, housing for pregnant women, and a micro-lending program.
5. OFFERING THANKS
Don’t forget to thank everyone who has shared your table. Warm, spicy soaps are a welcome treat for guests and hosts alike.
Our scented soaps come from Palam Rural Center in India, who provide jobs to marginalized groups and low caste members. Benefits for employed artisans include schooling for children, healthcare, retirement income, and access to housing.
Happy Fair Trade Thanksgiving!