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Ten Thousand Villages

Toronto-Danforth’s Ten Thousand Villages


About Ten Thousand Villages

About Ten Thousand Villages
Our mission is to create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair trading relationships. As the oldest and largest Fair Trade organization in North America, Ten Thousand Villages has been selling artisan-crafted personal accessories, home decor and gift items from around the globe (including Cambodia!) for 70 years.

A non-profit program of Mennonite Central Committee Canada (MCC), Ten Thousand Villages took root through the work of Edna Ruth Byler in 1946. 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.

Reason for supporting the Ratanak 5km Walkathon

Ten Thousand Villages, Toronto-Danforth is committed to making a difference through conscious fair trade partnerships. By supporting the Ratanak 5K Walkathon, Ten Thousand Villages, Toronto-Danforth bears witness to the complex and multi-dimensional healing effort that continues in Cambodia after the genocide. Similarly to the way Ratanak seeks to “be a catalyst for transformation (…) empowering exploited people and addressing the systems that exploit them”, Ten Thousand Villages offers an alternative to exploitative relationships through the avenue of fair-trade, respecting the dignity and traditions of artisan partners through partnerships that help individuals, families, and communities to thrive.

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