Ten Thousand Villages

Ten Thousand Villages

October 01, 2011 08:00 ET

Ten Thousand Villages Celebrates 65 Years of Fair Trade and 25 Years in Edmonton on October 1st

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 1, 2011) - On Saturday, October 1st Ten Thousand Villages Edmonton will mark the 65th anniversary of Ten Thousand Villages Canada and 25th anniversary of the store in Edmonton with a day of special events and promotions at their store on Whyte Ave. Current and past staff and volunteers will be on hand to tell stories, answer questions and to serve Ten Thousand Villages limited edition Celebration Blend coffee.

Ten Thousand Villages is one of the most unique stores on Whyte Ave in Edmonton. Unique not only because of the fairly traded handicrafts from around the world, but also because of the dedicated group of volunteers who have helped run this non-profit organization in Edmonton for 25 years.

"Ten Thousand Villages has been a presence in Edmonton for 25 years, thanks to hundreds of volunteers from our community," says local store manager Diane Reddekopp. " It is very exciting to be showcasing and celebrating our amazing history."

When Edna Ruth Byler first brought Puerto Rican needlework to North America in 1946, the term Fair Trade did not exist. Her volunteer project to provide market access for artisans spearheaded the Fair Trade movement in North America and eventually evolved into what has become Ten Thousand Villages. On Saturday, October 1st trailblazing Fair Trade pioneer Ten Thousand Villages will celebrate its landmark 65th year of crafting change around the world through the sale of one of a kind handicrafts.

Ten Thousand Villages is the oldest and largest Fair Trade organization in North America. Through a network of forty-eight stores, as well as through hundreds of Festival Sales and E-shopping, Ten Thousand Villages Canada sells artisan-crafted personal accessories, home decor and gift items from around the globe.

Ten Thousand Villages creates opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair trading relationships.

Ten Thousand Villages is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), a coalition of handicraft and agricultural producer organizations, and Fair Trade organizations from both the North and the South.

For more information about Ten Thousand Villages 65th anniversary celebrations in Edmonton contact Diane at 780-439-8349 or visit www.TenThousandVillages.ca.

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