Over the past few years I have received several emails asking me to review products, everything from beef jerky to cars. I tend to ignore most of them as they don’t have anything to do with cheese, but when I was sent an email about Ten Thousand Villages and asking me to review some of their products I said yes. Why you ask? They are a nonprofit Fair Trade Organization that help Artisans in developing countries to get their products to markets through fair trade. It is summed up in their “about us” section on their website:
Ten Thousand Villages is the oldest and largest Fair Trade organization in North America, selling artisan-crafted personal accessories, home decor and gift items from around the globe.
Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit program of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), the relief and development agency of Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches in North America. Ten Thousand Villages has its roots in the work begun by 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.
Our Mission Statement
Ten Thousand Villages creates opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair trading relationships.
So when this package arrived the other day I was really excited.