On December 6th, Ten Thousand Villages in Carytown opened their doors to partner with RJI by donating a portion of their proceeds from that night’s sales. The store overflows with wonderful things from simple and whimsical handcrafted items to intricately carved sculptures made out of wood and marble. There are items there to satisfy many different tastes; from a bowl made out of recycled washers, to musical instruments and books for children, beautiful handcrafted jewelry and scarves and a variety of Christmas decorations for the holiday. The creativity of the artisans was so evident and the quality of the items was obvious. A steady stream of customers came in throughout the night – many were there to support RJI and some heard about RJI and our fight against human trafficking for the first time.
Ten Thousand Villages’ 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. According to their website, “Fair trade provides under- and unemployed artisans with an opportunity to earn vital income and improve their quality of life by establishing a sustainable market for their handcrafted products.” People being paid a fair price for their work and being ensured of a safe work environment ties in so closely to what RJI fights for – for people to be valued for who they are, what they do and to be treated fairly.
The next time you are in the market for a unique gift, one that will have long-reaching effect and value, be sure to stop by Ten Thousand Villages. You’ll be so pleased with the selections, and you can be confident that the item you purchase is helping artisans earn vital income to make a life for themselves and their families.
You also become an advocate for freedom through the purchases you make all throughout the year. Check out our Responsible Consumerism page and view our suggested shopping links.
by: Sandy White | RJI Staff