Ten Thousand Villages Denver, is the only 100% non-profit fair trade retailer in the Denver metro area. Ten Thousand Villages showcases handmade artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories, textiles, art, jewelry, and gifts from around the globe. Products come from over 130 artisan groups.
Founded in 1946, the company has grown from the trunk of founder Edna Ruth Byler's car to a network of more than 390 retail outlets throughout the United States and Canada. Ten Thousand Villages is 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 Denver opened in 1981 as a thrift and gift store, selling high quality used items and products handcrafted by artisans in developing countries. Staffed by volunteers from three local Mennonite Churches, and under the guidance of a board of directors, the store had continual growth, changing locations four times. In 1998 the store moved to Cherry Creek North officially becoming Ten Thousand Villages Denver, dropping the thrift section of the store. 33 years later thanks to long term supporters, many hours from volunteers, committed staff and board members, the store continues to improve the quality of life for thousands of artisans around the world.
Ten Thousand Villages' vision is that one day all artisans in the developing countries will earn a fair wage, be treated with dignity and respect and be able to live a life of quality.
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.
Ten Thousand Villages, originates from a quote by Mahatma Gandhi, "...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 [funds] to eat and clothe themselves with." To us, each village in the world represents a unique, distinctive people…offering extraordinary products born of their rich cultures and traditions.
Thank you for your interest in our store, its vision and mission. We hope you will join us in our quest to improve the lives of our artisan partners.
View our 2013 Annual Report
Meet Our Staff:
Hayley Morris, Store Manager
Hayley became the new Ten Thousand Villages Denver Store Manager this past September. She moved from Pittsburgh, PA where she was on staff with Ten Thousand Villages Pittsburgh as their Offsite Sales and Outreach Manager. Her passion has been and continues to be working on behalf of artisans around the world through Fair Trade. She has over 6 years of Fair Trade retail management experience and looks forward to growing with the Denver store over the coming years. Email Hayley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brooke Ophoff, Assistant Manager
Brooke’s love of Ten Thousand Villages began the instant she learned of it and that devotion deepens daily as her knowledge of the organization, the artisans, and fair trade grows. She loves that TTV is a tangible way in the US to consistently empower craftspeople around the world to succeed and provide for their families. Brooke joined the Denver team in the fall of 2012 as the Floor Manager and coordinates the dedicated team of Volunteers, assists in the operating of the business, and spreads the mission of TTV. Email Brooke at email@example.com
Rebecca Yount, Marketing and Development Manager
Rebecca began supporting Ten Thousand Villages in 2007 while living in Washington DC. Upon moving to Denver, she began shopping at the Cherry Creek North location. Her love of international travel and interest in human rights makes working with the fair trade organization a great fit. Rebecca fosters new and ongoing community for-profit and nonprofit partnerships, leads marketing efforts throughout the year and assists the board of directors with creative fundraising strategies. Email Rebecca at DenverOutreach@tenthousandvillages.com