Ten Thousand Villages Denver, is the only 100% non-profit fair trade retailer in the Denver metro area. We have products come from over 130 artisan groups in 38 developing countries.
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.
Meet Our Staff:
Ten Thousand Villages Denver Staff left to right Assistant Manager, Amy Lavan; Marketing and Development Manager, Rebecca Yount; and Store Manager, Hayley Morris
Hayley Morris, Store Manager
Hayley became the Denver store manager in September of 2014. Her passion for Fair Trade is centered around working on behalf of artisans. She has over 7 years of Fair Trade retail management experience and finds energy every day in the mission of Ten Thousand Villages. Her favorite Colorado thing to do is explore tiny, quirky mountain towns.Email Hayley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Lavan, Assistant Manager
Amy moved from Richmond, VA to Denver, CO and joined the staff as Assistant Manager in June 2015. Her involvement with Ten Thousand Villages began in 2009 in Richmond, VA as a volunteer and then as Sales Associate, Merchandising Manager, and Assistant Manager. She values the commitment to long term relationships with our artisans and the preservation of cultural heritages through innovative product development. She believes that Fair Trade provides solutions to many global challenges that exist today and is excited to see what the future of Fair Trade looks like. Naturally creative and eager to spread the mission of Ten Thousand Villages, Amy organizes the store's volunteer and visual merchandising programs. Email Amy at email@example.com
Rebecca Yount, Marketing and Development Manager
Rebecca came on staff with Ten Thousand Villages in April of 2013. 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 partnerships, leads marketing efforts throughout the year and oversees all fundraising strategies. Email Rebecca at DenverOutreach@tenthousandvillages.com