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  • Ten Thousand Villages Celebrates 70 Years of Fair Trade during Extraordinary Give

    Posted on November 15, 2016

    PrintAKRON, Pa. – Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit fair trade retailer based in Akron and with four stores located in Lancaster County including Ephrata, Rockvale Outlets in Lancaster, Kitchen Kettle Village in Gordonville and a holiday store at Park City Center, will participate in Lancaster County’s Extraordinary Give November 18.

    Ten Thousand Villages partnership with Extraordinary Give is part of a 70th Anniversary Celebration that includes an invitation to supporters to partner with the organization on a deeper level. The Extraordinary Give’s 24-hour fundraising marathon stretches donors gifts by up to $300,000 county-wide.

    “Ten Thousand Villages provides an amazing opportunity for artisans around the world to improve their lives through vital, fair income,” said Ten Thousand Villages Interim CEO Carl Lundblad. “Through the years our loyal customers in Lancaster County have embraced our mission and our products. This year we are excited to partner with the ExtraOrdinary Give and offer our customers yet one more way to support artisans around the world.”

    In addition to making donations during the Extraordinary Give, Ten Thousand Villages invites Lancaster County shoppers to support their mission through shopping this holiday season. Customers will discover a wonderful world of handcrafted gifts, jewelry and home decor in the four Lancaster County locations: Ephrata, Rockvale Outlets Lancaster, Kitchen Kettle Village and Park City Center (temporary location through December 31).

    For more information about Ten Thousand Villages and the Extraordinary Give, visit: extragive.org//designee/ten-thousand-villages.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages to Donate 10% of Sales Haiti Relief

    Posted on October 12, 2016

    AKRON, Pa. – Ten Thousand Villages will donate 10% of sales online and at participating stores on Friday, October 14, to Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC) efforts to help people in Haiti affected by Hurricane Matthew.

    Mennonite Central Committee began distributing relief kits, blankets, water purification tablets and food to Haitians in areas affected by the widespread flooding on Wednesday, October 5: the day the rain stopped falling in Haiti. Mennonite Central Committee, which has an ongoing presence in Haiti, distributed the materials in cooperation with SAKALA, a MCC partner in Cité Soleil, one of the poorest parts of Port-au-Prince. The effort was just the beginning of MCC’s response to help people of Haiti survive these first days and begin to rebuild.

    Ten Thousand Villages commitment to makers in Haiti spans nearly four decades. Through fair trade and an ongoing commitment to providing work with dignity, Ten Thousand Villages has helped makers thrive in Haiti despite earthquakes, floods and embargoes.

    For more information about the event, visit www.tenthousandvillages.com. For more information about Mennonite Central Committee’s work in Haiti, visit mcc.org/stories/mcc-responding-hurricane-matthew-devastation-haiti.


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  • Lundblad appointed interim CEO at Ten Thousand Villages

    Posted on September 16, 2016

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    AKRON, Pa – Ten Thousand Villages Board of Directors has appointed Carl Lundblad, as interim chief executive officer (CEO) effective October 3. Lundblad will lead the nonprofit fair trade retailer and its network of 75 stores. He replaces Pam Raffensberger, who resigned in July.

    Lundblad most recently served as Chief Legal and Administrative Officer at Susquehanna Bancshares Inc. through completion of its acquisition by BB&T Corporation before working as an independent business consultant. He also currently serves as an advisor to international microenterprise development organization HOPE International, and as an adjunct instructor at Messiah College, teaching masters-level business and leadership classes.

    Ann Batlle, acting chair of Ten Thousand Villages board of directors said, “Carl’s financial, strategic, and organizational expertise, coupled with his energy and mission-driven approach to leadership make him the right person to lead Ten Thousand Villages.”

    “I look forward to working with the Board and leadership team of Ten Thousand Villages to build a sustainable retail organization that supports and empowers independent artisans around the globe,” said Lundblad.   “Ten Thousand Villages holds a special place as a pioneer in the fair trade movement and I am excited to contribute to efforts to ensure that this mission continues.”

    Ten Thousand Villages, the oldest and largest fair trade retailer in the United States, offers artisan-crafted gifts, home decor, jewelry and personal accessories, handcrafted by skilled artisans around the globe.

    Featuring products from more than 100 artisan groups in 30 developing countries, Ten Thousand Villages has been establishing long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans lack opportunities for stable income for 70 years. All artisans are fairly paid for their products.

    For more information visit www.tenthousandvillages.com.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Launches National Campaign to Help Global Artisans Plant Roots and Grow Through International Fair Trade Retail Network

    Posted on April 21, 2016

    Non-profit retailer announces first-ever, national initiative to connect artisans from underemployed regions worldwide with eco-conscious consumers; holding in-store, interactive events to promote fair-trade and sustainable business practices

    Leading fair-trade retailer and founder of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), Ten Thousand Villages, announces the organization’s first-ever national corporate social responsibility campaign to further educate consumers about the company’s mission to strengthen artisans worldwide through fair-trade. The inaugural initiative, called Landscapes, promotes reforestation and marks the beginning of a larger, year-long campaign dedicated to highlighting like-minded charities across the country that embody Ten Thousand Villages’ commitment to fair trade, sustainability and social responsibility.

    Various Landscapes events will kick off in select store locations nationwide on April 22 and 23, commemorating Earth Day. Ten Thousand Villages is partnering with the Arbor Day Foundation and has set a goal of planting 10,000 trees between April 21 and May 1 by collecting donations from customers. For every dollar donated, the Arbor Day Foundation will plant a tree in a national forest. Participating stores will offer shoppers various promotions, including refreshments, special product discounts, gardening demonstrations, interactive craft experiences and more.

    The Landscapes launch will highlight the organization’s artisan groups committed to reforestation and the carefully-curated product line of the same name will include new, thoughtfully-made items that embody the colors and textures of the season, as well as the organization’s core values. For nearly 70 years, Ten Thousand Villages has built meaningful, long-lasting relationships with artisans around the world, teaching them valuable skills for employment in regions where underemployment is high. Additionally, all sales made on items sold online and in Ten Thousand Villages stores provides artisans with valuable resources such as healthcare, education and transportation, giving artisans and their families access to a higher quality-of-life.

    “The Landscapes initiative will be an exciting, first-of-its kind program for Ten Thousand Villages,” says Pamela Raffensberger, CEO of Ten Thousand Villages. “We see this as being an immersive and experiential way for our customers to gain a deeper understanding for our organization, the artisans we work with around the globe, as well as the core values for which we stand.”

    Ten Thousand Villages plans to launch numerous initiatives in 2016, with charity partners to be announced throughout the year. To learn more about the organization and to find a location near you, click here.

    About Ten Thousand Villages

    For nearly 70 years, Ten Thousand Villages has been establishing long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans lack opportunities for stable income. The commitment to support artisans around the globe is strengthened through fair trade compensation practices including cash advances and prompt payments. As the company continues to grow, Ten Thousand Villages has deliberately married the concept of fair trade with healthy and environmentally sustainable business practices. From store operations to product sourcing to marketing practices, Ten Thousand Villages strives to meet the “triple bottom line” of economic, environmental and social sustainability.

    Founded in 1946, Ten Thousand Villages has grown from the trunk of founder Edna Ruth Byler's car to a network of more than 300 retail outlets throughout the United States. Ten Thousand Villages is an exceptional source for unique handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art & sculpture and personal accessories made by 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, Ten Thousand Villages strives to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 35 countries. Product sales help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed. For more information, visit tenthousandvillages.com.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Presents Spring Lookbook

    Posted on March 2, 2016

    Spring is a fine time for a fresh look, don't you think? At Ten Thousand Villages, we love a new take, especially when it's rooted in an age-old tradition. In fact, this is one of our company's core values--working together, with makers around the world,  to develop new designs that combine traditional skills and crafting methods, from weaving to metalwork, from ceramics to carving.

    Spring 2015 LookBook Cover

    Explore our fresh take on spring and summer jewelry, home and outdoor decor with a walk through our Spring 2016 Lookbook.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Mirror Featured in Redbook

    Posted on July 13, 2015

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    The June 2015 issue of Redbook featured Mariner's Port Mirror in a "Home Under $100" feature.

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    Mariner's Port Mirror is handcrafted by artisans working with long-time Ten Thousand Villages partner Asha Handicrafts. Inspired by the portholes of a ship, the mirror is framed with pieces of bone dyed in shades of blue for a natural and unique look.  Suggested retail price, $69.

    To access a high-resolution image of Mariner's Port Mirror, click here.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages to Donate 10% of Sales to Nepal Relief

    Posted on May 28, 2015

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    AKRON, PA -- Ten Thousand Villages will donate 10% of in-store and online sales on Friday, May 29 to Mennonite Central Committee's (MCC) disaster relief fund for Nepal.

    Ten Thousand Villages works with nine artisan groups in Nepal. These groups represent hundreds of artisans throughout the country who create a wide variety of products from jewelry to ceramic home decor and pottery.

    Ten Thousand Villages has partnered with artisans in Nepal since 1986.

    For more information about Mennonite Central Committee's relief work in Nepal, click here.

    To learn more about Ten Thousand Villages commitment to artisans in Nepal, contact Michele Loeper at Michele. Loeper@tenthousandvillages.com or 717-859-8149.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Featured on The Real Deal

    Posted on April 27, 2015

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    The Real Deal, RetailMeNot.com's lifestyle blog included Ten Thousand Villages Robin's Egg Necklace in an article entitled, "28 Ways to Wow Mom."

    For more gift ideas to wow Mom, browse Ten Thousand Villages Mother's Day Lookbook here.

    Artisans of Jacaranda Workshop in Nairobi create each of the ceramic beads for the Robin's Egg Necklace by hand. Clay for each bead is measured out, shaped and strung on a wire holder for glazing and firing. Suggested retail price, $49.

     


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Featured on Huffington Post Style

    Posted on April 27, 2015

    Sacred Sari Throw Share in the pleasure of new hope. Recycled saris, patched with love, are repurposed into Sacred Sari Throws by women who have left the red light district. Handmade by artisans of Sacred Mark, a workshop of artisan group Prokritee in Bangladesh. The artisans are women who have broken away from the sex trade and now make their living by making soap and handicrafts. The name “Sacred Mark” was inspired by Nobel Prize winning Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore. Suggested retail price, $79. To access a high-resolution file, click here.2706190_CP2706180_CP

    Amy Goodman's Blog Post "8 Green Goods to Celebrate Earth Day" on Huffington Post Style featured Ten Thousand Villages Sacred Sari Throw and Phoenician Green Carafe and Tumblers.

    To read the full article, click here.

    More about the Products:

    Ten Thousand Villages Sacred Sari Throw invite the opportunity to share in the pleasure of new hope. Recycled saris, patched with love, are repurposed into Sacred Sari Throws by women who have left the red light district. Handmade by artisans of Sacred Mark, a workshop of artisan group Prokritee in Bangladesh. The artisans are women who have broken away from the sex trade and now make their living by making soap and handicrafts. The name “Sacred Mark” was inspired by Nobel Prize winning Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore. Suggested retail price, $79.

    Ten Thousand Villages Phoenician Green Carafe and Tumblers are hand-blown by artisans of Hebron Glass & Ceramic Factory. Recycled bottles are smashed into pieces and melted in high temperature ovens. In Phoenician glass blowing, artisans add substances to the molten glass, with the resulting reaction creating a range of colors. Working with this process takes an especially skilled hand, and is reserved for the true masters of the art. Each piece has its own unique blend of color and pattern. Suggested retail price, carafe, $69. Suggested retail price, tumbler, $29.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Product Featured on WBAL

    Posted on April 27, 2015

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    Ten Thousand Villages was recently featured on WBAL-TV’s NBC Baltimore “Sunday Morning News.” The segment featured lifestyle expert, Claire McGill who discussed products to make your home more eco-friendly and green, including the Color Rings Oval Bowl from Ten Thousand Villages.

    To view the segment, click here.

    WBAL-TV is the local NBC affiliate for the Baltimore, MD market and broadcasts on channel 11.

    Artisans in Vietnam adapted a traditional basket-making technique to create this bowl, which is made using recycled magazines and posters discarded from a printing company. Artisans working with Mai Handicrafts in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, form the paper into flat strips, dip them in a glue mixture and hang them to dry. After this they re-wet the strips and coil them into a bowl form. The strips are held together with the glue, forming a sturdy vessel.


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