More than Mud Coulibaly and Brothers Burkina Faso With subtitles Produced by Natural Light Films To see Ten Thousand Villages products handcrafted by Coulibaly and Brothers, visit: http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/catalog/product.list.php?cart_artisan_id=6 Habibou Coulibaly named his workshop Coulibaly and Brothers because he considers everyone who works there his brother. Coulibaly and Brothers is one of 20 ...workshops that Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Burkina Faso represents. Habibou Coulibaly and his 'brothers' have been making bogolan (mud cloth or 'batik') in the same way hunters in Burkina Faso have for centuries. Hunters used the mud cloth as a way to disguise themselves by changing their sent and among these hunters there were some who added designs. Habibou learned how to do the mud cloth dying process with his grandmother. Mud cloth is created using natural dies including one produced from the leaves of the sycamore tree. The artisans use brushes and stencils to apply the design to the mud cloth. Women, who traditionally weave the cloth, are now beginning to learn how to do the bogolan or mud 'batik' work as well. Today Coulibaly's workshop includes 8 artisans and 25 to 30 more people when they are busy with orders. Habibou states that fair trade provides just pay and is helping to change lives in their community. Their work and income helps to unite them and provides them with a decent living. Because of the work provided by the workshop people now have a mode of transportation where they were before walking by foot. Habibou wants customers to understand that they are not only buying a product but they are also assisting in development. The sales of products provide employment, which eliminates poverty. Habibou wants customers to see the energy and the life of the artisan in their bogolan works of art. "Don't just look at the price of the product but most of all see the image of the artisan." -- Habibou When you purchase a product at Ten Thousand Villages like this mud cloth, you are purchasing more than a beautiful product. Your purchase assists in development, reduces poverty and takes the image of the artisan into your home.
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Dominion Traders works with underprivileged artisans who make stone and shesham wood crafts in the city of Karachi. It disperses orders to independently owned and operated onyx workshops that own their own equipment and rent or own their facilities. Most are family businesses employing several family members. These workshops are scattered throughout Pakistan, and employ artisans of different religions and creeds who work together in cordial relationships. Benefits to artisans include profit-sharing, pension plans and medical benefits. Dominion Traders provides interest-free loans and advances to artisans. The late Mansoor Ali founded Dominion Traders, using business management skills he learned from his father. Mansoor Ali was also the pioneer in introducing fair trade practices in the stone industry in Pakistan. Unusually for Pakistan, he chose to hire artisans regardless of religion or ethnicity. No Syed Fahad Ali, son of Mansoor Ali, is following his father's footsteps in managing Dominion Traders. Ten Thousand Villages purchases carved stone items including lamps, animals, paperweights, bookends, vases, candleholders and chess sets as well as carved shesham wood tables from Dominion Traders. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Dominion Traders since 1983. http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/dominion-traders
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Hebron has a long tradition of glassblowing dating back to the 14th century. While the craft has been passed down through generations in West Bank, creating the colorful waves of Phoenician glass requires particular knowledge and skill. The practice nearly faded away when materials got too expensive, but the craftsmen at Hebron Glass were able to revive this rare form of glassblowing using recycled bottles. Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade pioneer, partners with Hebron Glass to keep their cultural heritage alive and sell their exquisite glassware in the U.S. http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/west-bank/hebron-glass
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Art of the Tuareg Union Payasanne pour l'Autopromotion Niger Produced by Natural Light Films To see Ten Thousand Villages products handcrafted by Union of Peasants for Self Development (UPAP), visit: http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/catalog/product.list.php?cart_artisan_id=3 Artisans working with UPAP make traditional Tuareg handicrafts. The Tuareg, nomadic herders of Saharan north and west Africa, now also work as traders or cultivate crops in fertile oases. Tuareg artisans of UPAP use income from craft production to supplement their subsistence farming and other livelihoods. In 1993, young craftspeople in Terhazer, a village near Agadez, the largest city of northern Niger, organized to create leather handicrafts and silver jewelry. After traveling through France, selling from backpacks for several years, Illies Mouhmoud and his friends organized formally and began UPAP in 1999. UPAP now has shops in Niamey, Niger's capital, and in Agadez, and participates in local African fairs. UPAP also sells to fair trade organizations in France and North America. Mohammed Attoungou and Illies Mouhmoud, both UPAP artisans, describe how important their traditional metal and jewelry work is to them, their group and their community. They reproduce traditional designs in silver and nickel and make them into necklaces, earrings and bracelets. The designs often tell a story in Tuareg culture, including the luck that wearing the jewelry brings. Illies attended the Ten Thousand Villages national workshops in 2006 to demonstrate his crafts. Afterward, he also visited a number of stores. Mohammed and Illies state that their work builds community among the Tuareg. The guarantee of work from Ten Thousand Villages, almost year round, has changed their lives. They don't have to go to market to look for a buyer, with orders from Ten Thousand Villages they have work right in front of them. With UPAP, they have a more stable life. Making jewelry has enabled them to provide medical attention for their families and education for their children. They feel fortunate to be able to practice their traditional craft and remain living at home, just like their parents and grandparents before them. Many of the shapes and designs used in these products have significant meaning among the Tuareg people.
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Kanga for Women Kwanza, Tanzania Produced by Natural Light Films To see Ten Thousand Villages products handcrafted by The Batik Center, visit: http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/catalog/product.list.php?cart_artisan_id=26 Kanga cloth products are available in Ten Thousand Villages stores located throughout the U.S. Kanga cloth evolved among former slaves in East Africa in the early 1900s. As a bright form of self-expression, it includes patterns and proverbs or messages that are a form of cultural communication between women, commenting on their lives and relationships. Kanga cloth embodies emancipation, freedom and self-expression. It is used for bags, carrying children, tablecloths and wall hangings. The kanga is a cornerstone of Swahili life. Women choose the kanga to wear for the day, considering the message it shares. Rose Makoyala, Manager of The Batik Centre in Dar es Salaam (the capital of Tanzania) started the business because she wanted to help alleviate poverty in Tanzania. She has adapted traditional kanga cloth worn by almost all women in Tanzania into a variety of bags and other products that are sold locally and exported to organizations like Ten Thousand Villages. Most kangas include a little saying or message that adds to the value of the cloth. At the beginning of the video, Rose points out a Swahili message on a kanga that says: "A house that has love is never short of blessing". Rose started her business 20 years ago creating dresses for family and friends. Today, orders from Ten Thousand Villages have allowed her to grow and she is able to employ others from her community. She is proud of the business that she has built. Rose points out that our orders for kanga bags create employment for people in Tanzania. We are helping Rose and The Batik Centre to do job creation and to alleviate poverty when we sell kanga bags in our retail stores. . Kanga can be worn by every woman...not men, but women.
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Comfort Akorfa Adjahoe Jennings, a small business entrepreneur in Ghana, mentors youth and empowers women in her country. She started a fair trade company, Ele Agbe Co. Ltd., that works with shea butter artisans and recycled glass bead jewelry artisans to find markets for their products. Ten Thousand Villages partners with Ele Agbe to sell their products in the U.S. and Canada. http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/ghana/ele-agbe
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Weaving a Future NAWOU and Uganda Crafts Uganda Produced by Natural Light Films To see Ten Thousand Villages products handcrafted by Uganda Crafts, visit: http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/catalog/product.list.php?cart_artisan_id=29 To see products handcrafted by NAWOU, visit: http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/catalog/artisan.detail.php?artisan_id=28 Women artisans at Uganda Crafts and NAWOU ar...e weaving a future for themselves and their families by making colorful baskets to sell in Uganda and to export customers around the world. Betty Kinene, who has a physical disability, started Uganda Crafts in order to provide employment for disabled people, widows, unemployed youth and orphans. Uganda Crafts is an organization managed by disadvantaged people that helps disadvantaged people. The majority of the artisans are either people who are disabled, widowed or young. Uganda Crafts markets crafts for the artisans and provides training in quality control, design and marketing. The organization also owns a retail store that provides employment for people with physical disabilities. Uganda Crafts employs approximately 300 artisans in five workshops or cooperatives, 85 percent of them women. NAWOU specializes in finding work for women who are living with AIDS. NAWOU, the National Association of Women Organisations in Uganda, works with more than 80 independent women's groups located throughout Uganda. In addition to health care, social welfare, lobbying and advocacy, microfinance and education programs, NAWOU runs a handicraft program. Each group is responsible for production, quality control and transportation to Kampala. All crafts are based on traditional skills and products; natural dyes are also used. NAWOU helps with local and export marketing of the handicrafts. Through NAWOU, artisans receive loans, training, counseling, links to aid agencies and assistance with medication. NAWOU encourages microlending with the urban poor in Kampala. NAWOU does public education on HIV/AIDS, a significant problem in Uganda. Many of the women producing baskets for NAWOU are infected with HIV/AIDS, and income from basket weaving provides a lifeline of support for them. Both groups are helping otherwise unemployed women to earn an income so they can provide for their own family and send their children to school. Many of the women work at home and they enjoy being able to do this. Betty Kinene at Uganda Crafts comments that being able to work at home and earn a decent income make for a happy home. Both NAWOU and Uganda Crafts use basket making as a way to give otherwise unemployed women the chance to earn an income while being able to do the work from home. In the video, you will see Dorothy Nabakiibi, who is an artisan at Uganda Crafts, is shown dyeing raffia palm fibers and collecting banana leaves for basket making. Dorothy demonstrated basket weaving at Ten Thousand Villages national workshops in 2005. In 2006 the Ten Thousand Villages learning tour visited Dorothy at her home about an hour's drive outside of Kampala (the capital of Uganda). She was extremely pleased to have us visit and very proud of the new home that she and her friend had just built. They actually made their own clay bricks and made their own house. Dorothy, a widow, told us that making baskets for Uganda Crafts had truly turned her life around and had given her hope for the future. The women basket makers at Uganda Crafts and NAWOU are weaving a future for themselves and their families. They believe their basket weaving is making happy homes and providing bright hope for the future.
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Creating Hope Trinity Jewelry Craft Kenya Produced by Natural Light Films To see Ten Thousand Villages products handcrafted by Trinity Jewlery, visit: http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/catalog/product.list.php?cart_artisan_id=22 The jewelry created by artisans at Trinity Jewlery is based on traditional African jewelry, with the influences of customer feedback from groups like Ten Thousand ...Villages. Ten Thousand Villages' customers provide food, clothing and education for the children of the artisans by buying Trinity Jewelry products. Joseph Muchina grew up as an orphan after he lost his parents at a very young age. He ended up living on the street and supporting himself by being a parking boy in Nairobi (Kenya's capital city). As a parking boy he would offer to watch or guard a person's car while they went about this business in the city. If the car owner did not pay up front for watching his car, then Joseph would 'borrow' the hubcaps, windshield wipers, radio antenna, or whatever else he could remove from the car and sell on the black market in order to earn enough money to feed and clothe himself. Eventually, he was picked up by a street kids program run by a church group. He was given some vocational training by a craft group called Jisaide. Joseph became good enough at jewelry making and design that he decided to start his own business. He started with two friends and decided to call the business Trinity Jewelry. The business started out in Mathare Valley, one of the largest and poorest slums in Nairobi. His little business grew and he added workers from the poor neighborhood around him. As a private entrepreneur he remains committed to the people of his community by providing employment opportunities in this ethically-run business. Joseph believes that economic opportunity, rather than handouts from government or charities, is the most effective way to address poverty. Eventually, the business earned enough income to enable Trinity to buy a small piece of property in a neighborhood called Dandora. Dandora is next door to Mathare Valley and is still considered to be a slum neighborhood by more wealthy people, but is a definite step up from Mathare Valley. Trinity managed to get enough money together to build a four story cement block building. The top floor and roof serve as office and workshop for Trinity and they rent the bottom three floors to an organization that provides medical care and education for young mothers and their children, especially mothers that are HIV positive. Several of the workers at Trinity have been with Joseph for more than twenty years. Florence, one of the women artisans, has proven to be an accomplished artisan and has educated herself enough to act as Administrative Assistant to Joseph (correspondence, paperwork for export, Trinity's computer expert). Florence says that working at Trinity has changed everything about her -- she can afford medical care, she has enough food to eat, her work makes her feel important. Florence wants her customers to feel beautiful when they are wearing Trinity Jewelry. Joseph is the chief designer and general manager for Trinity. He wants his customers to take the beauty of the jewelry with them -- the beauty of the jewelry itself and the beauty of the hope and opportunities that jewelry making provides for the artisans at Trinity Jewelry. Thank you for your ongoing support of Ten Thousand Villages and Trinity Jewelry.
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Piel Acida was originally conceived in 1995 by Ana Piedrahita, an entrepreneur in Colombia's capital city of Colombia. Piedrahita had seen a box from Uruguay that was produced from dried orange peel, and recognized the potential for producing a wide array of unique and intriguing items from this material. She decided to pursue a business specializing in the design and production of the products. As the business grew, Piedrahita brought in business partner Javier Cardenas to provide additional professional management skills and to help in expanding the market for their products. The organization was formally registered in 2000. Piel Acida employs 32 artisans directly, with another 50-plus artisans working independently. They also support an additional group of people through their purchase of orange peels, the raw material for their products. Colombia is among the highest per capita in orange juice consumption, which has spawned a strong demand for fresh-squeezed juice. These vendors would normally have to pay to discard the used peels, but now can actually earn additional income from selling them to Piel Acida. Piel Acida has incorporated fair trade principles in their operation, as they seek to develop the artisan-based handicraft sector in Colombia. While their original product line was limited to orange peel products, they have used their sales growth as an opportunity to reach out to other artisan groups in rural areas of the country. While Colombia has recently achieved a relatively good macroeconomic climate, people in the lower income brackets continue to face serious challenges. Colombia ranks low in income equality, and also possesses one of the highest number of internally displaced persons of any country in the world. Ten Thousand Villages purchases orange peel ornaments from Piel Acida Cascaras De Naranja.
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In a country still littered with landmines from decades of war, makers work together, side by side, turning bombs into jewelry. After a demining agency retrieves unexploded bombs, the casings are transformed into symbols of peace. Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade pioneer, partners with artisan group Rajana Association of Cambodia to sell their jewelry in the U.S. http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/cambodia/rajana
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Women Coming Together Namayiana Beadwork Kenya Produced by Natural Light Films To see Ten Thousand Villages products handcrafted by Namayiana Beadwork, visit: http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/catalog/product.list.php?cart_artisan_id=16 Namayiana means 'we are blessed' in the Maasai language. The women of Namayiana chose this name because they believe they are blessed by the work and income that th...eir artisan group has provided for them. Beadwork decoration is an important cultural tradition for the Maasai people. Maasai are nomadic people who live in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya. Maasai herders follow the seasons in search of grass and water for their cattle. Namayiana began in 1986 with the help of Mennonite Central Committee in Kenya. Ten Thousand Villages was encouraged to buy Maasai jewelry and ornaments as a way to get income into the hands of women so they could work to improve their own lives and the lives of their children. The women immediately began to invest in their children's education so they would be able to cope with the rapidly changing situation for the Maasai people. Maasai have traditionally been semi-nomadic cattle herders. But, increasing population, game parks and reserves and expanding farms have been encroaching on traditional Maasai herding areas. Many of the new generation Maasai will not be able to be wandering cattle herders. So, the women decided that education is very important now so that their children will be able to compete in the mainstream Kenyan economy without losing their Maasai identity. Catherine Mututua, Namayiana's Executive Director, is an educated Maasai woman who has chosen to work for the Namayiana group to help them to market their products and be a liaison to their foreign customers, like Ten Thousand Villages. She has a college education, speaks English fluently and acts as the narrator for this video. Joyce is a traditional Maasai woman who makes beaded jewelry. She explains how her jewelry is an important part of her identity. If she isn't wearing her jewelry her friends will ask what is wrong with her. To the Maasai, various colors and combinations of colors tell a story about their lives. Their customers don't understand the meaning of Maasai designs but that is okay, because the money they earn by selling to export customers helps them to educate their children and to improve the income of their families. Women have earned respect in their community and have even been able to buy goats and cows. Previously, women were not expected or allowed to own goats and cows. Now that they are earning their own money they command more respect and are able to own property like goats and cows. The Fair Trade Difference - Agnes is one of the most progressive Maasai women in Namayiana. Even though she does not have a formal education, she has learned to drive the group's Land Rover and uses a cell phone to conduct business. She explains that it was hard to work with the young men who could provide transportation for the women when they needed to go to town (Ngong or Nairobi) for their Namayiana business. So, she decided that she would learn to drive so she could do it for the other women rather than relying on the men who often were not helpful. Agnes says that because they are able to educate their children, the women of Namayiana are looking forward to a bright future. When you buy a product made by Namayiana, you helping Maasai women like Joyce and Agnes to gain respect, educate their children, keep their Maasai culture strong and to look forward to a brighter future.
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Every day, the sounds of clanging metal fill the streets of Croix des Bouquets, Haiti, the birthplace of the cut metal craft. Today, makers use recycled 55-gallon steel oil drums to create wall art inspired by landscapes, animals and dreams. Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade pioneer, partners with artisan group Comite Artisanal Haitien to keep their creative tradition alive and sell their wall art in the U.S. and Canada. http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/haiti/comite-artisanal-haitien
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Opportunity, Not Sympathy Bombolulu Jewelry Craft Kenya Produced by Natural Light Films To see Ten Thousand Villages products handcrafted by Bombolulu Workshops, visit: http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/catalog/product.list.php?cart_artisan_id=21 Bombolulu believes that all people have value, talent and skill. Everyone can work and be productive, even those who are severely disabled. Esther Mwanyama, Bombolulu's Program Manager, says that artisans at Bombolulu are socially and economically empowered. "There is a personal success story behind every product". Bombolulu provides employment for 113 artisans who are blind or physically disabled. Bombolulu was started in 1969 as a program to work with physically and mentally disabled people in and around the coastal city of Mombasa in Kenya. Generally, disabled people from poor families have no hope for work and self-sufficiency. Often, their families put them out on the street to beg so that they can at least contribute something to the cost of their upkeep. Bombolulu also has a workshop that produces wheelchairs, walking canes, crutches and other devices that enable people to be more mobile and productive. Artisans in the video can be seen sitting in wheelchairs and using canes and crutches made at Bombolulu by disabled artisans. They truly have become productive and self-sufficient. Bombolulu provides employment and numerous other benefits, including housing, medical aid and adult education, for adults who are blind or physically disabled and who would otherwise have virtually no chance of employment in the mainstream labor market. Bombolulu's campus includes housing units for artisans, artisan workshops, and a guesthouse to help generate income An on-staff designer creates new jewelry lines, including both the trademark whimsical Bombolulu recycled materials jewelry and other design pieces. Mary Mutave, the head jewelry designer for Bombolulu, walks with a severe limp. Mary started with Bombolulu as a young girl and has proven to be a very talented designer. She says that working at Bombolulu has changed her life. Now she is self-sufficient and can help her family and children. She is very thankful for orders from Ten Thousand Villages. "When the customer is wearing Bombolulu Products, it's not just a product from Africa. It is not just a product from Bombolulu. Let them know they have actually socially and economically empowered a person with a disability. They have given them hope. They have given them hope to go out into society and tell them 'yes we can'. Yeah. There is a success story behind that necklace, behind those earrings, bracelets and all the products that come from Bombolulu" Esther
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Visit a women's weaving cooperative in the highlands of Guatemala, a workshop of Ruth & Naomi started in the 1980s after many indigenous women were widowed during the civil war. Traditional backstrap loom weaving and creating colorful textiles are a form of creative expression and way to earn a sustainable income for their families. Ten Thousand Villages, a global maker-to-market movement with shops across the U.S., Canada and online, partners with Ruth & Naomi to sell their handcrafted wares. tenthousandvillages.com
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Benefiting from Kisii Stone KISAC and SMOLart Kenya Produced by Natural Light Films To see Ten Thousand Villages products handcrafted by KISAC Fair Trade Ltd., visit: http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/catalog/product.list.php?cart_artisan_id=155 To see products handcrafted by SMOLart Self Help Group, visit: http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/catalog/product.list.php?cart_artisan_id=133 More than 10,0...00 artisans are involved in kisii stone carving. Most live near or around the town of Tabaka in Kisii District, western Kenya. Kisii stone, a soap stone is named for this district and quarried by hand with picks and axes. Artisans cut the stone with simple tools like machetes, hand saws and pocket knives. Ten Thousand Villages works with 2 groups of artisans: KISAC Fair Trade Ltd. and SMOLart Self Help Group. Daniel Ombasa, Executive Director at KISAC, is grateful for the income and opportunities that kisii stone production has provided for himself and all the KISAC artisans. He believes that they should give back to their community since they have benefited so much from kisii stone. KISAC has developed a small water project to provide fresh water to people in Tabaka and they have set up a program for orphan kids so they have food, clothing and education. Kisii stone production is providing many benefits to artisans in Tabaka. They recognize these benefits and use some of their resources to give back to the community so that everyone can benefit. SMOLart is led by Jim Kenyanya (Jim is the person speaking at the opening of the video). Smolart works with 200 producer members, each of whom is a stakeholder. Each member works with several artisans in their home, for a total of some 1,000 carvers, thus creating job opportunities while also allowing artisans to be closer to their families. Phillip Osaro (in red overalls) has been a carver since he was 18 years old. He works in the KISAC group and is pleased that his carving has earned him enough money to support his family, send his kids to secondary school and buy a few cows so his family has milk to drink and sell. Joyce Juma is a sander at KISAC and is happy that her work has enabled her to educate her children. She has also been able to buy a goat and a cow to provide milk and extra income for her family. Your purchase at Ten Thousand Villages makes a difference that is felt by more than only the artisans who craft the product. As it does for the Tabaka region in Kenya, purchasing a Kisii stone sculpture makes a difference for an entire community.
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In Bogota, Colombia, where on every corner of the city freshly squeezed orange juice is for sale, vendors have to pay a fee to discard leftover peels. Artisans of Sapia recycle them for crafts instead, creating fun designs that will make people smile. Ten Thousands Villages, a fair trade pioneer, partners with Sapia to sell their inventive products in the U.S. http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/colombia/sapia
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Ten Thousand Villages Artisan: Samuel Macharia Location: Dandora, Nairobi, Kenya Artisan Workshop: Chuma Wires A number of years ago, Samuel Macharia and his family moved to the community called Dandora, on the outskirts of Nairobi, in order to find work and earn income needed for survival. We would call Dandora a slum. Several hundred thousand people live in Dandora in very basic living conditions. Eventually, Samuel started to make wire toys and sold them to Ten Thousand Villages through an organization called OTICART International Limited. OTICART handles export details for a number of artisan groups in Kenya. Samuel has proven to be a good organizer and business man and now employs several young men in Dandora making wire toys and ornaments. As Chuma Wires grows, Samuel hires other young men who have migrated to Nairobi looking for work and have ended up living in Dandora. The income they earn helps to improve their living conditions (better homes, access to clean drinking water, electricity, better sanitary conditions) and, probably most importantly, it enables Samuel and his workers to afford good education opportunities for their children. About Ten Thousand Villages For more than 60 years, Ten Thousand Villages has been establishing long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans lack opportunities for stable income. Founded in 1946, the company has grown from the trunk of founder Edna Ruth Byler's car to a network of more than 75 retail outlets throughout the United States. Ten Thousand Villages is an exceptional source for unique handmade gifts, jewelry, home décor, art & sculpture and personal accessories made by artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. One of the world's largest fair trade organizations and a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization, the company strives to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries. Product sales help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed. For more information, visit www.tenthousandvillages.com.
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Ten Thousand Villages 'An Artisan Story' - Matthew Kikallumpurath Location: Bethany Colony, Bapatla, Guntur, Andra Pradesh, India Artisan Group: Maximizing Employment to Serve the Handicapped (MESH) Matthew Kikallumpurath joined MESH in order to use his education and skills to help people who are less fortunate than him. He believes that God has called him to this work. Most of MESHs work is with people who have become disabled due to contracting leprosy or Hansens disease. Even though leprosy is very treatable and people are not contagious, leprosy still carries a huge stigma and most people with leprosy become outcasts in society. MESH helped to set up a colony for people with leprosy in a village called Bapatla in the state of Andra Pradesh. Here women and men are taught handloom weaving, sewing and beading skills so they can earn a regular income and support themselves. Probably, the only other income earning opportunity they would have would be to beg. Matthew helps to organize, train and motivate these artisans. His work includes telling organizations like Ten Thousand Villages about the work of MESH and encouraging us to buy products from these artisans who otherwise would be forced to beg in order to survive. About Ten Thousand Villages For more than 60 years, Ten Thousand Villages has been establishing long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans lack opportunities for stable income. Founded in 1946, the company has grown from the trunk of founder Edna Ruth Byler's car to a network of more than 75 retail outlets throughout the United States. Ten Thousand Villages is an exceptional source for unique handmade gifts, jewelry, home décor, art & sculpture and personal accessories made by artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. One of the world's largest fair trade organizations and a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization, the company strives to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries. Product sales help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed. For more information, visit www.tenthousandvillages.com.
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Undugu is a Kiswahili word for solidarity and brotherhood. Undugu Society of Kenya, located in Nairobi, addresses the needs of the urban poor, with the goal of defending the rights and welfare of children in special circumstances. Undugu touches thousands of underprivileged Kenyans through small enterprise development, informal skills training, affordable shelter, job creation and health programs. Undugu also provides food, shelter, education and rehabilitation for street children. Undugu works with artisans in Kisii, Turkana, Machakos and Nairobi to market their stone carvings, baskets and other handicrafts. Undugu was established in 1973, initially to help street children, and is the oldest organization for street children in Africa. It has become one of the leading rehabilitation agencies for street children in Africa. Undugu is a member of IFAT, the International Fair Trade Association. The Undugu Fair Trade Unit works to increase opportunities for local handicraft producers to have sustainable access to livelihood. The unit empowers artisans, providing market outlets, product development training and market information. Ten Thousand Villages purchases kisii stone carvings, hamper baskets, carved gourd ornaments and wooden salad servers from Undugu Society. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Undugu Society since 1986.
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In Uganda, basket weaving is a skill handed down from mothers to daughters. Baskets are handwoven from banana leaves, raffia palm and other materials found near their homes. At Uganda Crafts, where many of the women are single mothers or widows, they earn a fair wage for their work. It allows them to feed their children and send them to school. Ten Thousand Villages partners with the artisan group and sells their baskets in the U.S. and Canada. http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/uganda/uganda-1
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We connect all around the world through learning and curiosity. For 70 years Ten Thousand Villages has been 100% fair trade. For every product, every purchase. Because behind every product is a person. And every person has a unique story – talents and interests, dreams and hopes for their future and their family. Fair trade opens the door for livelihoods and opportunities to flourish. We look forward to many more years of connecting with others around the world and promoting fair trade standards. Celebrate with us.
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Ten Thousand Villages Artisan Contact: Shyam Badan Shrestha Location: Lalitpur (a suburb of Kathmandu), Nepal Artisan Group: Nepal Knotcraft Centre A number of years ago, Shyam Badan Shrestha noticed that more and more young women were finding it very difficult to find work and ended up leaving school and working for very low wages. They fell into grinding poverty with little hope of ever escaping. Shyam was interested in handicrafts like handloom weaving and had developed some skills herself so she decided to recruit some young, unemployed women in her neighborhood and began to teach them some basic craft skills. This developed into the Nepal Knotcraft Centre which today provides training, work and income for young women who otherwise would not be able to find decent paying work. Many of the women use the income they earn to help complete their high school education and even go on to college. In addition, they are able to make a significant contribution to their families income and, consequently, their families now enjoy better housing, school for their younger brothers and sisters and medical care when someone gets sick in the family. It is fairly unusual for a woman to be a business owner and leader in Nepal. Shyam has become a successful business person and one of her main objectives is to empower other women, both socially and economically, through Nepal Knotcraft Centre. About Ten Thousand Villages For more than 60 years, Ten Thousand Villages has been establishing long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans lack opportunities for stable income. Founded in 1946, the company has grown from the trunk of founder Edna Ruth Byler's car to a network of more than 75 retail outlets throughout the United States. Ten Thousand Villages is an exceptional source for unique handmade gifts, jewelry, home décor, art & sculpture and personal accessories made by artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. One of the world's largest fair trade organizations and a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization, the company strives to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries. Product sales help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed. For more information, visit www.tenthousandvillages.com.
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In the village of Bat Trang, Vietnam, people have made ceramics from the river’s special clay for more than a thousand years. Most of their pottery is made in molds that have been passed down through the family. Some items are shaped on the wheel. All are painted by hand. Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade pioneer, partners with artisan group Craft LInk to sell their stunning ceramic pieces in the U.S. http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/vietnam/craft-link
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Women in Ghana harvest the fruit of shea trees, then roast, crush and knead the seeds into the rich shea butter used in these all-natural soaps. In Africa, shea is known as women's gold. Long prized for properties that nourish the skin, it is now a valuable source of income empowering the women who harvest it. Soaps are handcrafted in Ghana from all-natural ingredients and hand-cut in small batches; weight after curing varies. A high concentration of shea butter, more than 60% make these soaps especially rich and nourishing. In three luxurious scents. Treat yourself to a simple indulgence today.
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In 1995 Claytone Ombasyi, a Christian businessman in Nairobi, Kenya, started OTIC, a privately held export and marketing company. Ombasyi, with professional experience in exporting and marketing, wanted to help local artisans connect with export markets. He operates his business with the utmost integrity and expects the same of others, encouraging artisans to consider their products a reflection of themselves and to use the products to share their vision with customers. OTIC provides export, packaging and quality control support for a number of small workshops in and around Nairobi. Depending on their circumstances, these small groups provide a variety of advantages to their artisans. Some offer training in wood carving, while others provide short--term, no interest loans. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from OTIC since 2001.
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Artisans at Salay Handmade Paper, a fair trade partner with Ten Thousand Villages, make a sheet of paper from abaca plant fibers. The group promotes holistic development through fair trade in the small community of Salay, a coastal town in southern Philippines.
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In Bangladesh, women are turning old saris into new hopes. Collected and cleaned, saris are recycled into vibrantly colored home goods and accessories, offering women an opportunity to safely earn fair incomes through beautiful crafts. Their handcrafted purses, pillows, baskets and more are sold through Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade retailer. https://www.tenthousandvillages.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=recycled+sari
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Meet Shova Baroi, a founding member of Ten Thousand Villages artisan partner Keya Palm Handicrafts in Agailjhara, Bangladesh. Learn how Keya Palm Handicrafts empowers rural Bangladeshi women by training them to transform natural materials into best selling star streamer garlands, bangles and more. The enterprise is located in the Barisal region, a lovely green paradise of rivers and rice fields, where palm trees grow in abundance.
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Located near Mombasa, Kenya's second largest city, Bombolulu provides employment and numerous other benefits, including housing, medical aid and adult education, for adults who are blind or physically disabled and who would otherwise have virtually no chance of employment in the mainstream labor market. One hundred and thirteen artisans create jewelry and other products for both local and export markets. An on-staff designer creates new jewelry lines, including both the trademark whimsical Bombolulu recycled materials jewelry and other design pieces. Bombolulu was established in 1969. It is one of a number of branches of the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya Coast Branch, a Kenyan charitable organization. Bombolulu is a member of IFAT, the International Fair Trade Association. Bombolulu's campus includes housing units for artisans, artisan workshops, and a guesthouse to help generate income. Ten Thousand Villages purchases screenprinted pillows and wall hangings, crosses made from leather and wire, and jewelry made from recycled material from Bombolulu Workshop. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Bombolulu Workshop since 1986.
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Mr. Hao used to work for a company called Artex Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City. Ten Thousand Villages used to buy products through Artex Saigon because it was one of the government-owned organizations in Ho Chi Minh City that was allowed to export handicrafts out of Vietnam. Over the years, the Vietnamese government has allowed more and more private businesses to operate and, eventually, Mr. Hao left Artex Saigon to start his own business called Viet Lam Co. Ltd. He learned about fair trade from Ten Thousand Villages buyers and visitors over the years and decided that his business would be a fair trade business. Mr. Hao has developed a successful ceramics business that employs several hundred artisans at several workshops. Many pots are turned on wheels while most of the very large pots are made in molds. Pots are fired in traditional wood fired step kilns that have been used for centuries. The wood used to fuel the fires is scrap wood from old shipping crates and torn down houses. Mr. Hao has earned enough money from Viet Lam to be able to send his son Vu to university where he obtained a business degree in accounting. It is interesting to hear Vu say that he's not sure he wants to pursue a professional career in accounting because he sees that his father has started a successful ceramics business that may earn him more money over the long run if he takes over the family business rather than working for a big accounting firm in the city. Sales of ceramics pots and garden ware made by artisans at Viet Lam has provided good paying, regular work for hundreds of artisans and has enabled them to provide a good education for their children. Some of them, like Vu, are now faced with the good problem of deciding whether they want to pursue professional careers or continue as traditional ceramic artisans. They now have choices to make that never would have been possible without regular, fair trade orders.
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On the island of Lombok in Indonesia, women have been making pottery for more than 500 years. Learned from their mothers and taught to their daughters, it is a tradition they call “turun temurun.” Working in their homes, they handform each piece using clay that is dug nearby.They bring their pieces to a communal area for firing in a pit covered with coconut husks. Only women are permitted membership in Lombok Pottery Center cooperative. When a member retires, she can pass her membership to a daughter who is over the age of 17. This opportunity to earn money has helped them send their children to high school and college and it has given them a place in their community they would not otherwise have. Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade pioneer, partners with Lombok Pottery Center to sell their unique handmade pottery in the U.S. http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/indonesia/lombok
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Creaciones Chonita, located in a town on the coast of Lake Atitlan, is an artisan group known for its creative new jewelry designs. Concepción Sojuel Mendoza and her son-in-law Domingo Reanda Xum direct this artisan group of widows and young women. When the group makes a profit, they save part of the money in a scholarship fund for the education of their children. They also give basic living supplies to elderly widows, and support the medical expenses of all members as needed. Creaciones Chonita was started in 1981 by Concepción Sojuel Mendoza, an indigenous woman who lost her husband in the violence of civil war and needed to find a way to support herself and her children. Through the years this family-run business has expanded to provide work at fair wages for many widows and young women of the community. Ten Thousand Villages purchases beaded jewelry, hackey sacks and other beaded items from Creaciones Chonita. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Creaciones Chonita since 1995.
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Intercrafts Peru is a nonprofit civic association promoting export sales of Peruvian handicrafts. A democratic cooperative of artisan groups, Intercrafts Peru allows artisans full participation in organizational decisions. The group's aim is to keep overhead costs low, to share responsibility so more income remains in the hands of the artisans, and to explore new markets. The association's headquarters are located in Lima with other offices situated in the marginal districts and communities of Lima, Ayacucho, Huancayo, Cuzco, Puno, Arequipa and Piura. Benefits to members include health care, loan funds and advances, school supplies and books, training programs and technical assistance. Intercrafts Peru began as CIAP (Central Interregional De Artesanos Del Peru), formed in 1992 by 20 handicraft artisan groups from various regions of Peru, who joined together to export their creations. Since 2002, the export arm of CIAP has been known as Intercrafts Peru. At its 10th anniversary celebrations in 2002, Intercrafts received official recognition for its beneficial role in the lives of handicraft producers. Intercrafts Peru is member of the International Fair Trade Association (IFAT). Ten Thousand Villages purchases jewelry, wool wall hangings, carved gourd boxes, musical instruments and retablo nativities from Intercrafts Peru. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Intercrafts Peru since 1993.
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We connect all around the world through creating and innovating. For 70 years Ten Thousand Villages has been 100% fair trade. For every product, every purchase. Because behind every product is a person. And every person has a unique story – talents and interests, dreams and hopes for their future and their family. Fair trade opens the door for livelihoods and opportunities to flourish. We look forward to many more years of connecting with others around the world and promoting fair trade standards. Celebrate with us.
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In Vietnam, makers create beautiful, handmade bowls and vases from bamboo. Stalks are harvested and then left in a stream where the water washes over them for three months until they are soft. After drying in the sun, makers peel the bamboo into strips and then form them into a shape over a wood or ceramic mold. Careful planning and creativity are needed to produce each piece. Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade pioneer, partners with artisan group Craft Link to sell their bamboo pieces in the U.S. https://www.tenthousandvillages.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=coiled+bamboo
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Makers in Colombia take Tagua nuts and transform them into beautiful accessories. Watch the process and see the amazing transition from discarded tree nut to incredible jewelry! Discover these items and also find out more about Sapia, the artisan group, over on www.tenthousandvillages.com/sapia.
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In Bangladesh, they create delicate paper from everyday materials—jute, a common crop; silk, leftover from fabric mills that make sarees and punjabies; and even water hyacinth, a weed that fills the many waterways. They cut and fold the paper into shapes for cards, ornaments, garlands and gifts. What began as a small group of women making twine ropes from home has become a successful business of craftswomen working together, earning income to support their families and send their children to school. Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade pioneer, partners with artisan group Prokritee to sell their handcrafted items in the U.S. http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/bangladesh/prokritee
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The people who live in Ban Vang Kam are known for their work with rattan. Rattan, a thorny vine that grows wild in the jungle on the outskirts of the village (also known as cane) is a raw material that villagers have worked with for generations. Traditionally, they make rattan baskets, rattan furniture and rattan balls for a game called 'kathaw' (sort of like volleyball but the ball can not be touched with hands -- head, shoulders, feet and legs are used to hit ball over the net to the opposing side). Unfortunately, the people never had regular work and the work was often poorly paid when they were selling only into the local market in Laos. Since meeting Kommaly Chanthavong at Phontong Handicrafts they have been receiving regular orders for export to organizations like Ten Thousand Villages. Mo and Zator, the wife and husband team that head up the rattan artisans in Ban Vang Kam, say that the benefits of selling through Phontong to Ten Thousand Villages are: 1. Regular orders that give them work almost year round, 2. Advance payments and prompt final payments on orders so that they do not have borrow money from local money lenders in order to pay for living expenses while working on orders, 3. Pay rates that are almost three times what they can earn from making products for the local market. This means that they can now afford to fix up their homes and have enough money to pay school fees and buy school supplies so their children can all go to school. In recent years, orders for rattan products have enabled Mo and Zator to employ most of the 150 adults who live in Ban Vang Kam. Sales of rattan products from Ban Vang Kam are making a huge difference for the people who live there -- regular and higher incomes for families and regular, good quality education for their children.
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Makers in Nepal craft singing bowls from brass and saaj wood. Often used for meditation, the music of a singing bowl is meant to soothe your soul, cleanse your heart and free your mind of worries. A fair trade system provides artisans with safe workplaces and fair wages. Choose ethically-sourced gifts for your holiday season.
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Mike Muchilwa of KICK Trading Company in Kenya was at Ten Thousand Villages in Ephrata recently to explain how the earrings he sells at the store provide a comfortable lifestyle to the artisans he employs. Mike's fellow businessman, Samuel Macharia, owner of Chuma Wires, demonstrates his handcrafted galimoto toy.
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From the Fire Centre National d'Artisanat d'Art Burkina Faso With subtitles Produced by Natural Light Films To see Ten Thousand Villages products handcrafted by Centre National d'Artisanat d'Art, visit: http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/catalog/product.list.php?cart_artisan_id=6 Artisans in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso use an ancient lost-wax process-one of the first known methods of working with molten metal to create their art. Originating in the Middle East in the 9th century, lost-wax casting was brought to West Africa on trade routes and remains virtually unchanged. Kalifa shows how the lost wax casting process works. The artisan makes a model out of beeswax, covers it with clay, dries it in the sun and then bakes it in a fire. The heat melts the wax, it runs out of the clay leaving a clay mold and the artisans reserve the used beeswax for another model. Using bits and pieces of recycled metal, the artisans make molten bronze (alloy of mostly copper, usually with some tin and maybe aluminum). The molten bronze is poured into the clay mold, allowed to cool and then the clay mold is broken away to reveal the rough bronze figure. Each piece is made individually and no two are alike. Everything is done by hand. Traditionally this casting method was used for many items including bowls, cups and collars worn by chiefs, an early form of currency. The orders placed by Ten Thousand Villages impact more than just the artisan, many families live on the income generated from this work. Sissao Hamidu, Karim Ouattara and Kalifa Guira are bronze artisans at the Centre National d'Artisanat d'Art (National Center for Arts and Crafts). Sissao says that it feels like they have new life since Ten Thousand Villages began to do fair trade with them. Karim says that the income from his bronze work has changed his life -- he could afford to buy a moped, he can send his children to school. Karim notes at the end of the video that ideas for products go straight from his head to his heart. He puts everything into his art and is grateful that he is able to earn an income that enables him to comfortably support his family. Kalifa states: "All of our products are natural, it is all made by hand. When people realize that we do all this work by hand they will appreciate the work much more. The revenue is helping us a lot and we are happy with it." Your purchase of the products crafted by Kalifa, Karim and Sissao, allow them to carry on a traditional art form, support their family and community while expressing their heart through art.
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The intricate pattern of this bowl is applied with a quick and skilled hand. Check out the amazing process and watch as this ceramic piece transforms into a beautiful work of art. Fair Trade Egypt, based in Cairo, Egypt, serves 40 producer organizations that incorporate some 2,700 artisans. The goals of Fair Trade Egypt include providing income to marginalized Egyptian artisans through marketing and sales of their products; and helping to preserve Egypt’s infinite cultural richness and craft heritage. For more info: http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/harvest/couscous-serving-bowl
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Makers in Peru create handwoven alpaca pillows using traditional methods passed down for generations. By blending modern style into the patterns, these products can be marketed to different parts of the world. Choose fair trade home decor that supports a system where makers receive a fair wage and safe workplaces.
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