Aisha Eqbal - Executive Director & Store Manager
Aisha Eqbal comes from a background in Art & Design and has over fourteen years of experience in client relations, customer service, sales, and management.
Her education in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University has played a significant role in her career, as it has fostered her knowledge and understanding of Art & Design practices throughout various Ages and cultures. Ten Thousand Villages’ mission of working with aritsans in developing countries parallels Ms. Eqbal’s career objective of bridging western, contemporary markets with eastern, traditional practices.
Ms. Eqbal was born in Karachi, Pakistan to a painter and a textile designer and grew up around printing tables, pattern makers, wood carvers. Growing up in Pakistan, she learned the value of fundamental
craft and material processes, and her parents taught her the importance of raw materials and organic methods, and the art of the hand-made. As masters in their field with extensive experience in fair-trade, her parents provided the platform, which served as a catalyst, contributing significantly to the diversity in her career, and has shaped her as a social connector. Through these experiences she has come to appreciate the value of the hand-made and the value of the individual contribution to a material. She has seen, first-hand, the experience, dedication, and hard-work that it takes, and is essential to the
production and development of the artisan’s product, understanding the labor of love that is required to bring such beauty into the hands of consumers. It is more than the product. It is about the individual,
the people, the communities, and the connectivity that is created throughout the world. The experience she has gained over fourteen years in sales, management, and customer service have been
an extension of her parent’s dedication, there for creating a strong passion in her to bridge and unite cultures and traditional trade practices and sustaining them in a rapidly changing, modern retail era.