A Fair Trade Birthday

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During a bead working demonstration at Ten Thousand Villages, Concepcion Mendoza awarded Cassy, our Villages neighbor in Houston, Texas, a fair trade birthday gift. Cassy accepted her one of a kind, beaded bracelet,… Continue reading

How Much for that Fair Trade Carpet?

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The New York Time’s headline “Saving the World, a Carpet at a Time,” (May 25) caught my eye. ABC Carpet and Home is a a publicly-traded, “$80 million trend setting Manhattan department store”… Continue reading

Illies Mouhmoud’s U.S. Tour

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Illies, master silversmith from Niger, will be with us in Austin next Tuesday. Click here for updated highlights of his 15-store U.S. tour. My fellow board member, Julia, gave this fabulous suggestion, “Illies… Continue reading

Whale of A Tale: $6.5m Worth of Fairly-Traded “Fish”

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Customers are always curious, “How much of my purchase goes back to the artisan?” The answer, this year, is approximately 30 percent of the retail price. Ten Thousand Villages U.S. purchased $6.5m worth… Continue reading

Our Austin Fair Trade Village

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How did we receive our Ten Thousand Villages name? Stated by the wise man Mahatma Gandi, "India is not to be found in its few cities, but in the 700,000 villages." At our… Continue reading

$20 Million Dollar Sales in FY06

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Ending March 31, Ten Thousand Villages U.S. purchased $6.5 million worth of handicrafts from our artisan partners, an increase of $1.4 million from 2005. The Austin store’s fiscal year will end on June… Continue reading

What’s In A Neem?

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Well, the ability to solve global problems. Dr. Faye of Austin-based Africa Bound Corporation introduced me to the vast ability of the neem tree to aid with digestive disorders, diabetes, high cholesterol, cancer,… Continue reading