The Village Experience

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In a Nutshell

Fair-trade jewelry, home goods, and coffee help the people and economies of impoverished nations

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Promotional value expires Apr 3, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. In-store only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

People often wear jewelry as a form of self-expression—for instance, wearing a necklace tells people, "Hey, my neck is strong and goes all the way up." Decorate your décolletage with this Groupon.

$20 for $40 Worth of Jewelry, Accessories, and Home Goods

Browse jewelry items such as a pair of brass diamond dangle earrings with hand-rolled ceramic beads ($25) made by Kenyan artisans with mental and physical challenges. The purchase of an envelope wallet ($22) aids tsunami survivors in Thailand, and buying a natural-wood cutting board ($34) helps underserved people establish self-sustaining communities.

The Village Experience

As Anne and Kelly Campbell can tell you, it's impossible to witness civil crisis in Kenya, spend time with people with mental disabilities in India, or watch women beg for food in the streets of Ethiopia and not feel compelled to take action. The sisters have gone from working for some of the top names in fashion—including BCBGMaxAzria and Tommy Hilfiger—to cofounding The Village Experience in 2008, a company inspired by its global journeys and dedicated to providing socially responsible travel and fair-trade goods. The business's accolades have since piled up: it won the Best Women's Accessories category of TheIndyChannel.com's A-List in 2010 and 2009. Additionally, Kelly was named one of Indiana’s 2011 Forty Under 40 by the Indianapolis Business Journal. The Village Experience was also asked to partake in the Emmy's The Red Carpet Luxury Lounge, where Emmy nominees, celebrities, and media peruse and try different products and retail items, with their jewelry also included in the Lounge's gift bags.

But the sisters' rewards do not come from high praise or recognition. Rather, the duo finds satisfaction in helping underserved communities build self-sustainability and making a difference in people's lives. In a 2009 feature, Rachel Meacham of Nuvo quoted a portion of Kelly's 2006 travel journal, which explains the impression left by an ailing Malawi woman: "She is [the] reason I risk getting sick . . . She is the reason I don't sleep well at night. Everyone has something they live for and risk their lives for—she is just that." Together with their partners, The Village Experience has opened a medical clinic and a nursery school in Kenya, as well as rebuilt The University of Fondwa in Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake.

The compassionate crew has led more than 50 trips to various destinations, during which guests ate, shopped, and stayed at local establishments. The store supports more than 30 artisan cooperatives in 25 countries, paying a fair wage for items such as handmade jewelry and envelope wallets that are ideal for holding IDs, credit cards, and Monopoly money. Each purchase provides economic sustenance for organizations such as women's cooperatives, microfinancing projects, and orphanages.

Customer Reviews

Always pleasant and helpful. Nice selection of goods.
Gwynne G. · April 5, 2013
Great place but need more product!
Aimee E. · March 16, 2013
What a wonderful shop with a great cause! I'm so glad they did a Groupon so that I could discover this place! Will definitely return for friendly service and beautiful handcrafted items!
Emily G. · March 3, 2013
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