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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackie - Assistant Manager/Outreach 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
Mia Wilken, Volunteer Coordinator
Mia is a Senior attending the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Psychology. Through her college experience, she found a passion of volunteerism and has a goal of continuing to work in the non-profit field post-graduation. This is what brought her to Ten Thousand Villages as our Volunteer Coordinator. Mia loves the products in our store, and the stories behind each individual item is what makes each one that much more meaningful and special to her. Through this experience, Mia hopes to meet people who inspire her to do better each and every day, whether that be through customers or volunteers. If you have questions or want to volunteer, email Mia at firstname.lastname@example.org