Wal-Mart Considering Fair Trade Coffee

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The Washington Post reported yesterday that Wal-Mart is sending an exploratory team to Poco Fundo, Brazil, to expand its sales of Bom Dia coffee, a Brazilian fair trade-certified brand currently offered by Sam’s… Continue reading

Honing Our Mission: Building A Fair Trade Marketplace

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Question: What is our mission? Board Member A: Eliminate poverty. B.M. B: Sell, sell, sell! Is it wrong for a nonprofit to focus on its financial growth? Is ‘marketing’ a dirty word in… Continue reading

Artisan Experiences

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Visiting with traveling artisans who make all our crafts is one of the best parts about being involved with Ten Thousand Villages. Through a translator during one of these visits, we learned about… Continue reading

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