About Ten Thousand Villages in Lincoln, NE
Ten Thousand Villages Lincoln was started by a small group of people right here in Lincoln 35 years ago. These people saw a unique opportunity to affect change in alleviating poverty on a global scale, specifically with marginalized people in developing nations. They started very small, by purchasing fair trade handicrafts and selling them in their church basement. As they were able to purchase more and more, they realized they could think even bigger and start a store to support these artisan makers all over the globe! They eventually opened a store front and kept on growing into the non-profit, fair trade store we are today. We are our own non-profit organization, with our own board of directors and a large pool of committed volunteers!
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.
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Gabby - Manager
Gabby has been working with Ten Thousand Villages Lincoln since October of 2007 and has been the Manager since September of 2008. She loves what fair trade does to empower women worldwide and feels very connected to this part of her work. She also got to travel to Peru to meet many of our artisan partners and this only deepened her passion and appreciation for all things fair trade. Gabby enjoys participating in the Lincoln Theatre scene in her spare time as well as volunteering as a Big Sis for Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters. Email Gabby at: email@example.com
Lisa - Assistant Manager/Volunteer Coordinator
Lisa has worked for Ten Thousand Villages, Lincoln since 2007. She has a Bachelors in Women's and Gender Studies, and is currently working on a Masters in Counseling. Lisa is passionate about Fair Trade and loves the chance to be creative with merchandising in the store, but the real best thing about working for Ten Thousand Villages is the people. We have pretty great customers and THE BEST volunteers! If you're interested in becoming a volunteer, email Lisa at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackie - Community Outreach and Offsite Sale Coordinator
Jackie Spackman joined Ten Thousand Villages as the Community Outreach and Offsite Sales Coordinator in January 2016. Jackie organizes Ten Thousand Villages involvement in community events and fosters relationships with local groups, giving them the chance to fundraise. She received her Master's in Art History from the University of Nebraska and enjoys teaching when she is not at Ten Thousand Villages. Jackie's love of travel and meeting new people, as well as her interest in ethical consumerism and women's empowerment through fair trade, makes this organization a great place to be. If you're interested in fundraising through Ten Thousand Villages or partnering for a community event email Jackie at: email@example.com