Join Ten Thousand Villages Cleveland at the 41st Annual Cleveland International Film Festival! This year we are proud to sponsor the film, "The Chocolate Case". Use code 'TEN' to receive a $2.00 discount on any ticket purchase March 29th - April 9th.
"The Chocolate Case"
Monday, April 03, 2017 at 8:50 PM
Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 4:25 PM
In 2003 three Dutch watchdog journalists—Teun van de Keuken, Maurice Dekkers, and Roland Duong—found a scandal hiding in plain sight: published reports that the chocolate industry used child slaves as laborers on cocoa plantations. Their concern about this exploitation kicked off a decade-plus odyssey to produce a 100% slave-free chocolate bar. This arresting documentary shows how difficult their task was: the journalists faced chocolate industry indifference (if not outright hostility and stonewalling), judicial apathy, and plenty of misinformation. Even when the trio successfully market what they think is an ethically sourced bar (dubbed Tony’s Chocolonely), it only leads to more questions and troubling revelations. THE CHOCOLATE CASE pulls the curtain back on how the food we consume is actually made and illustrates the severity (and reality) of the industry’s human rights violations by airing harrowing interviews with former chocolate slaves. Viewers will likely never look at a candy bar in the same way again. (In English, Dutch, French, and German with subtitles) —A.Z.
Ten Thousand Villages - Fair Trade since 1946
Ten Thousand Villages is an exceptional source for unique handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art and sculpture, textiles, serveware and personal accessories representing the diverse cultures of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. One of the world's largest fair trade organizations and a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), the company strives to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries. Ten Thousand Villages accomplishes this by establishing a sustainable market for handmade products in North America, and building long term buying relationships in places where skilled artisan partners lack opportunities for stable income. Product sales help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed.
Shop with Purpose this Season
We are pleased to connect with local nonprofits by holding Community Shopping Events in our store. Enjoy shopping for GIFTS THAT GIVE IN THREE WAYS: 1) to the artisans we support; 2) the featured nonprofit; and 3) to the person receiving the gift. A percentage of sales during each event will be donated to the hosting organization. Support local nonprofits by shopping during these special events. See Events page for details.
Ten Thousand Villages in Cleveland, OH, 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.
Did you know that this year Cleveland Heights Ten Thousand Villages won both "Best Place to Buy a Gift" and "Best Cleveland Heights Business" by Future Heights magazine??? Keep that in mind while you're doing your Holiday shopping this year and see what we're all about!!!
Volunteer at Ten Thousand Villages in Cleveland, OH
It takes a village…
Here at Ten Thousand Villages Cleveland Heights we rely on our volunteers to staff our retail store, help run our events, and spread the word about fair trade!!! We currently house anywhere from 20-40 volunteers (season depending) and average over 140 logged volunteer hours each month! We welcome ages 16 and up for scheduled shifts during our store hours and for special events.