About Ten Thousand Villages in Williamsville, NY
Ten Thousand Villages in Williamsville, NY, 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.
Emma made the transition from volunteer to staff in August, 2011. Emma brings a creative energy to Ten Thousand Villages, sharing her life experiences in West Africa, her love of dance, music, and videography, and her joy of interacting with people.
Previously a manager of an American craft gallery, Dianne joined us in 2009. After having spent twenty years as a studio potter, Dianne brings a strong background in handicrafts and retail sales. Her position as Assistant Manager includes volunteer coordination and training.
In 2006, I received a fairly traded gift and was immediately hooked on the concept. Upon visiting the Williamsville store I was greeted by the friendliest, most helpful group of people and spectacular merchandise. I knew that I wanted to be part of it. It only took 3 more years for me to actually volunteer but once I did my time quickly moved from volunteer to staff. I love being part of this far-reaching mission that is improving lives across the globe.