– Inspirations –

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."

- Dr. Seuss

About:

Ten Thousand Villages-Evanston, is a Fair Trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe.

We feature  products from more than 130 artisan groups in 38 countries.

We are part of a network of over 70 stores in the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products. As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent 70 years cultivating trading relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to distinctive handcrafted items. We seek to establish long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans are under- or unemployed, and in which they lack other opportunities for income. A founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), Ten Thousand Villages sees Fair Trade as an alternative approach to conventional international trade.

Opportunities Available with Ten Thousand Villages

Personal Shopper

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Event planner

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Ongoing Opportunities with Ten Thousand Villages

Our volunteers help make the connection between artisans in developing countries and buyers in North America. In order to keep costs to our customers down

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Ongoing Opportunities:

Our volunteers help make the connection between artisans in developing countries and buyers in North America. In order to keep costs to our customers down, we utilize the services of about 70 volunteers monthly to greet customers, ring up sales, serve on the board and board committees, help in offsite sales, unpack merchandise and repair broken products.