About Ten Thousand Villages in New Haven, CT
Ten Thousand Villages in New Haven, CT, 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.
At a time when most people are thinking about retirement, Jim decided to start a new career as assistant manager at our store. But that's not enough for him. He's also a volunteer at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Hamden working with people who have a hard time getting around outside of their homes. He might take someone food shopping or do the shopping himself. Trips to the phamacy and transportation to medical appointments are routine.
Recognized for Contribution
Liz Rider, manager of Ten Thousand Villages in New Haven, Conn., has received an award from the Connecticut Mental Health Center and The Community Services Network of Greater New Haven. The award, given on May 27, recognized Rider’s work with agencies in the New Haven region that assist people with psychological and physical special needs.
Rider provides volunteer opportunities and training at Ten Thousand Villages in New Haven. “These volunteers receive inventory, collapse boxes and take out trash,” explained Rider, who works individually with each person participating in the program. “I know of 10 people who walked into our store unemployable who are now holding regular jobs,” she said with satisfaction.