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  • Ten Thousand Villages Featured on CNN.com

    Posted on December 17, 2014

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    CNN.com posted the article, "The Do-Gooder Holiday Gift Guide," on Wednesday, December 17. The article said, "With all the buying and selling going on, it can be hard to remember the point of the season for many people: Spending time with family, celebrating the religious holidays that inspire the season, and doing some good in the world.

    Thankfully, there are ways to combine your need to get Aunt Martha that perfect gift with making the world a better place. You can donate to these causes in your loved one's name. If you need a "thing" under the tree, many charities have T-shirts and water bottles for sale to raise money."

    The article went on to suggest a number of charities and organizations last-minute shoppers can support. In addition to featuring the Twin Girl Doll, the article said, "Buy international. There are more companies and nonprofits than ever that want to sell you crafts, clothing and chocolate made by people all over the world, and much of the money goes back to the people who made the goods. Ten Thousand Villages works with artisans in 38 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East to sell their goods in North America. The nonprofit has several locations around the United States and Canada and an active online presence."


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Featured on NPR.org

    Posted on December 17, 2014

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    On Tuesday, December 2, NPR.org posted the story, "For Giving Tuesday: A Guide to Gifts that Give Back." The article included a number of organizations and companies that offer quality gifts that "give back." Ten Thousand Villages' Enormous Love Elephants Paperweight was featured.

    The article said, "This elephant duo comes from Kisac Fair Trade Limited, a Kenyan group that says it gives half its profits to the artisans it employs. Another 5 percent of profits goes toward community projects that support orphanages, education and clean drinking water. The elephants are sold by Ten Thousand Villages, a retailer that has stocked handmade gifts from artisans around the world since 1946."


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Featured on Time.com

    Posted on December 17, 2014

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    A December 4 article on Time.com, "The 5 Best Boutique Shopping Sites for Finding Holiday Gifts," included Ten Thousand Villages.  Ten Thousand Villages was #3 with the headline "Support Global Artisans." The article said, "TenThousandVillages.com sells handcrafted items from artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. It’s a project of the World Fair Trade Organization, which works to improve the livelihood of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries, encouraging artisans to craft responsibly with recycled materials or environmentally friendly processes.

    Ten Thousand Villages sells items like handmade scarves from Bolivia, gazelle masks from Burkina Faso and shea butter from Ghana. Shop for gifts by interest, such as gifts for foodies, earth lovers or art lovers."

    Read the article here.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Milky Chai Tea Cup Featured on CNTraveler.com

    Posted on November 14, 2014

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    Conde Nast Traveler included Ten Thousand Villages Milky Chai Tea Cup in a holiday gift guide entitled, "12 Great Gifts from Abroad That You Can Buy Online." The slideshow was posted online November 13, 2014 and featured a variety of gifts from around the world.

    Ten Thousand Villages Milky Chai Tea Cup is crafted in the traditional Thimi style from Nepal. The Milky Chai Teapot is a perfect complement to a set of tea cups.

    Suggested retail price, Milky Chai Tea Cup, $18.

    Suggested retail price, Milky Chai Teapot, $59.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Snowflake Bowl featured in Oregon Home

    Posted on November 4, 2014

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    Ten Thousand Villages Snowflake Bowl was featured in Oregon Home Magazine's November/December issue in an article entitled "The Home Lover's Gift Guide."

    Shiny as a snowflake, the Snowflake Bowl makes a great centerpiece for a holiday table. Artisans working with Noah's Ark International Exports in India craft the bowl by hand from iron.

    Noah’s Ark International Exports is a fair trade handicraft marketing organization in Moradabad, India. Most of the artisans are women, who benefit from the fact that they can work from home and maintain their responsibilities for children and household.

    Suggested retail price, $69.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Featured on Bloomberg Businessweek.com

    Posted on November 4, 2014

    Ten Thousand Villages Marketing Manager Michele Loeper was quoted in the November 3, 2014 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek.com.

    From the article: "Michele Loeper, marketing manager at fair-trade retailer Ten Thousand Villages, likes doing one-day deep discount sales. 'Also consider come-back offers. They can be especially enticing during those last-minute panic days leading up to the holiday,' she says. In the store, she makes sure to display some prewrapped grab-and-go items in categories like 'foodie gifts' or 'hostess gifts' that time-pressed shoppers can pick up on the way to a party."

    To read the full article.

    For more information about Ten Thousand Villages, contact Michele Loeper at 717-859-8149.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages featured in Naturally, Danny Seo

    Posted on October 29, 2014

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    Ten Thousand Villages Highlands Carafe was featured in the Winter 2015 issue of Naturally, Danny Seo, due on newsstands November 4. Created by artisans working with Crisil Srl., in Cochabamba, Bolivia, the Highlands Carafe is made of 100% recycled, mouth-blown glass.

    This technique creates bubbling and variation, making each product unique. Crisil Srl. produces glass items using a team-based production system. Masters are skilled in all the different aspects of production. The assistants are encouraged to learn the craft, so they have the opportunity to attain master status.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages to donate 15% of sales to Partners in Health

    Posted on October 23, 2014

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    On Friday, October 24, Ten Thousand Villages will donate 15% of online and participating store sales to Partners In Health's efforts to combat the Ebola virus in West Africa.

    Partners in Health is a global health organization relentlessly committed to improving the health of poor and marginalized people.

    Partners In Health is leading a coalition to combat the Ebola virus outbreak, working alongside two outstanding grassroots organizations—Last Mile Health in Liberia and Wellbody Alliance in Sierra Leone. These longtime Partners In Health partners are already working to train health workers, identify sick patients, and deliver quality care. As the epidemic advances, these groups need support to provide comprehensive prevention, care, and treatment.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages featured in Lucky Magazine Online Community

    Posted on September 30, 2014

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    Lucky Magazine's online community featured Ten Thousand Villages products. Our Monsoon Infinity Scarf, $34, and Chenille Fringed Poncho, $69,   were photographed and described as great options for “traveling over the holidays.”

    To read the article, click here.

    Photo originally appeared in an article by Marie J Miczak on Best Picks Magazine.


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  • Ten Thousand Villages Introduces Serendipity

    Posted on September 22, 2014

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    Ten Thousand Villages newest jewelry and accessories collection, Serendipity, shines where unexpected materials meet and colors combine. Follow a road striped and straight, or take a turn on paisley’s swirling fortunes. Wrapped in pattern and wrought by hand, this collection is destined with design.

    Featured products in the Serendipity Collection include:

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    Jacquard Caravan Scarf. Blue, green, gold, and maroon combine in this stretchy jacquard scarf from CRC in Kolkata, India. CRC (or Craft Resource Center) is committed to using only environmentally friendly methods and materials while developing self-sufficiency for a vulnerable segment of society through traditional handcrafting skills. Suggested retail price, $39.

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    Beaded Bohemian Earrings.  Blue and emerald glass beads bring cool shades against warmer antiqued gold dangles. Glistening in the classic bohemian style, these earrings are handmade by the artisans of Tara Projects in New Delhi, India. Suggested retail price, $24.

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    Stardust Ring. Vibrant colors sparkle like stardust captured inside glass. And because they’re handmade, you can rest assured that each is as unique as a star. Suggested retail price, $8.

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    Malachite Necklace and Earrings. At the workshop of Ram Chandra Sunnar, skilled jewelry-makers create this fine malachite and silver sterling necklace and coordinating earrings. Sunnar’s earnings have increased since he began working with the Manushi fair trade artisan group in 2009, and he is now able to send his five children to boarding school, as well as supply his workshop with needed tools. Suggested retail price, Malachite Necklace, $150. Suggested retail price, Malachite Earrings, $59.

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    Discs and Drops Necklace. Shiny discs and droplets are artfully assembled into this statement piece accessory. Bombolulu Workshops in Kenya provides an opportunity for steady employment to disabled artisans. Suggested retail price, $59.

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    Windfall Necklace and Ocean Journey Earrings. The classic combination of turquoise and silver is brought to you by the artisans of Allpa. Windfall Necklace combines the casual look of a large-link silver chain with a polished dangling teardrop of turquoise, creating a unique necklace that can be dressed up or down. The matching Ocean Journey Earrings feature a classic French wire dangle design that ensures that they will never fall out of fashion. Translated from the Quechua dialect to mean “earth,” Allpa provides small-scale artisans with technical training, as well as assistance in design and product development. Windfall Necklace suggested retail price, $150. Ocean Journey Earrings suggested retail price, $59.

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    Gourd Graces Necklace and Earrings. Three precious teardops of hand-etched gourd hang gracefully from a sterling silver chain. The matching teardrop earrings feature hand-etched gourd framed in sterling silver and hung from French wires. An ensemble like no other, the authenticity of the artisan’s hand can be felt in the warm red hues of each gourd piece. Natural gourd shell is preserved and etched by hand to create these earrings from Manos Amigas. Gourd Graces Necklace suggested retail price, $89. Gourd Graces Earrings suggested retail price, $59.

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    Encircled Necklace. A circle within a circle creates a delicate ripple effect in sterling silver. Beautifully handcrafted by the artisans of Allpa. Translated from the Quechua dialect to mean “earth,” Allpa provides small-scale artisans with technical training, as well as assistance in design and product development. Suggested retail price, $125.

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    Lush Leaves Necklace and Earrings. Thin slivers of tagua are dyed in deep shades of lush forest leaves. Also known as “vegetable ivory” tagua is produced by a palm-like tree in South America. The nuts fall to the ground when mature, thus harvesting does not damage the trees. Tagua nut’s grain is close and very hard, resembling the finest ivory. Cultural tradition and forest preservation combine in the use of this renewable resource. Lush Leaves Necklace suggested retail price, $34. Lush Leaves Earrings suggested retail price, $18.

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    Ancient Wisdom Bracelet. Ancient ancestors have used bone in their decorative jewelry pieces for hundreds of years. We hope that by wearing this bracelet of natural bone, you too will be instilled with the wisdom of the ancestors. Suggested retail price, $34.

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    Road Less Traveled Pendant. Made from authentic recycled Latin American road maps, each pendant shows a different little piece of the world. Strung on a delicate silver chain, this necklace is a fun piece that will show off your wanderlust. From the artisans of Union Progresisita Artesanal in Taxco, Mexico. Suggested retail price, $34.

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    Good Deeds and Seeds Necklace. The chirilla seed works well in the production of jewelry as it can be dyed in a wide range of colors. Seeds must be collected at the perfect moment— while they are still attached to the plant, but after they have begun to dry. The dark skin of the seed is removed in a tumbler filled with sandy water (which acts as a natural abrasive). Seeds are then drilled and submerged into boiling dye. After two days of drying time, seeds are finally ready to be made into playful jewelry. Suggested retail price, $24.

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    Fairytale Coin Purse. Whimsical as a fairytale, this small coin purse will keep all your small treasures safely at your side. Embroidered finely as a princess’ gown by the women of Sana Hastakala based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Translating to “small handicraft,” Sana Hastakala works to preserve the skills of traditional artisans while improving their social and economic status through fair trade. Suggested retail price, $16.

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