Ten Thousand Villages

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Handcrafted wares imported from international, disadvantaged artisans include jewelry, home decor, baskets, and musical instruments

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Promotional value expires 180 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Not valid for sale items, clearance, or Oriental rugs. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Ten Thousand Villages

All big movements start small, but many would be surprised to learn that Ten Thousand Villages—a nonprofit and retailer with 390 outlets nationwide—began out of a car trunk. In 1946, Edna Ruth Byler started the organization out of her car, taking a name from a quote by Mohandas Gandhi, who said, “India is not to be found in its few cities but in the 700,000 villages.” Her willpower and determination allowed her vision to grow into a nonprofit that today supports more than 130 artisans in 38 developing countries. These artisans' wares go on sale at the organization's nationwide retail outlets, which brim with items including jewelry, home decor, and refrigerator cozies.

Everything is made using environmentally friendly processes, and every artisan is paid a fair wage. The money raised from sales goes to supply the artisans—who might otherwise be unemployed or underemployed—with education, food, housing, and healthcare. The organization has risen to such stature that it won the People’s Choice Award for Green Business of the Year in 2005, and has acted as one of the founding members of the World Fair Trade Organization.

Customer Reviews

Great variety of lovely items!
Linda R. · December 9, 2014
Great place to find unique gifts and home décor and know that you are supporting the handiwork of crafters from around the world.
Sally A. · February 28, 2014
It was a great shopping experience. I felt like I made friends and I'll definitely go back. They have a wonderful selection of items and I'm very glad to support their work and get beautiful hand made things in the process. It's a place I would buy things for myself and for gifts.
Phyllis · February 16, 2014
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    719 Main Street

    Evanston, IL 60202

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