About Ten Thousand Villages in Asheville, NC
Ten Thousand Villages in Asheville, NC, is a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe. Featuring products from more than 130 artisan groups in some 38 countries, we are part of a network of over 390 retail outlets throughout the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products.
As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 60 years cultivating trading relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to distinctive handcrafted items. We seek to establish long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans are under- or unemployed, and in which they lack other opportunities for income. A founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), Ten Thousand Villages sees fair trade as an alternative approach to conventional international trade.
Our store was started by several volunteers in 1992. It is located in downtown Asheville next door to the restaurant Tupelo Honey. We are now staffed by two full time and two part time employees as well as a thriving group of more than 30 volunteers. We hope you'll come in to experience all the amazing items the artisans make.
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Sara, Mandy, and Jennifer
Jennifer is Co-Manager and started with the store in 2002. She has visited artisans with in India, Nepal, Vietnam and Laos. Please contact the store if you are interested in having her speak about these experiences.
Mandy is Co-Manager and Volunteer Coordinator. She has been with the store since 2007. She has met artisans in Nicaragua, Peru and the Philippines and also traveled independently all over the world. Please contact the store to talk to her about volunteering or if you are interested in having her speak to your group about her travels.
Sara is the Assistant Manager. She has been with the store in various capacities including volunteer, member of the Board of Directors and sales associate since 2008. Sara has visited artisans in Guatemala, Bangladesh and India and would love to come speak to your group about these experiences.