Our March local charity spotlight is Ten Thousand Villages in Winter Park. Their name, “Ten Thousand Villages,” was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s quote, “India is not to be found in its few cities but in the 700,000 villages… we have hardly ever paused to inquire if these folks get sufficient to eat and clothe themselves with.”. Because in every village are people who want to live a meaningful life with dignity and who bring beautiful culture worth sharing. Multiply the village idea by ten thousand and it represents the world we’re working to build.
TTV’s mission is to create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair trading relationships.
One day all artisans in developing countries will earn a fair wage, be treated with dignity and respect and be able to live a life of quality”
Since 1946, they have provided over $140 million in sustainable income to artisans in developing countries who would have otherwise been unemployed or underemployed.
Ten Thousand Villages is more than a store. They're a global maker‑to‑market movement. They're a way for you to shop with intention for ethically-sourced wares — and to share in the joy of connecting with makers in ten thousand villages. As a pioneer of fair trade, they do business differently, putting people and planet first. That means you can trust that every handmade purchase you make from them directly impacts the life and community of its maker in a developing country.
Ten Thousand Villages is committed to these ethical practices:
EVERY HANDCRAFTED PRODUCT GENERATES INCOME - AND IMPACT
Their average buying relationship with artisan groups is 25 years. That's enough time to see their children grow into adulthood and enough time to see the impact this movement has created.
About TTV’s Baskets
Gathered from Nature
By shopping fair trade, you are supporting makers in the developing world. The more products they sell, the more orders they can place through their artisan partner groups, and that means more dignified and sustainable employment opportunities become available to the people who need it most. You can shop online HERE or at their store in Winter Park!
Like TTV on Facebook, pin them on your Pinterest board or follow them on Twitter and Instagram. Learn about the lives of their artisan partners, the stories behind their products, and how to bring these products into your everyday life by reading their blog.
As a nonprofit enterprise, they rely on more than 1,000 volunteers to help them accomplish their mission. Volunteers help out with many aspects of their operations, from the warehouse to the sales floor. Find out how you can give back and volunteer.
COMMUNITY SHOPPING BENEFITS
If you are looking for a unique way to raise money for a special nonprofit or cause, consider a Shopping Benefit at Ten Thousand Villages Winter Park. Simply invite your membership to shop at the store during a designated day and time, and a percentage of the sales will be donated back to your organization.
Your friends and colleagues will enjoy shopping for gifts that give in three ways: to the artisans they support; to your own special cause; and to the person receiving the gift. For more information call the Winter Park store at 407-644-8464.
We are not able to collect monetary donations at our March event, however, you can donate online by visiting here.
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