Ten Thousand Villages is a job creation program of the Mennonite Central Committee (the world-wide relief and development organization of Mennonite Church USA) that works in over 30 Third World countries to provide artisans a North American marketplace for their handcrafts.
Ten Thousand Villages is a fair trade organization that helps artisans who would otherwise be un- or under-employed provide their families with food, clothing, housing, education and health care.
Come see beautiful baskets and ceramics from Vietnam, musical instruments from Cameroon, handmade paper cards from Bangladesh, onyx candleholders from Pakistan, and jewelry crafted in India.
Several other shopping opporunities will also be offered. The Alternative Christmas Market will also begin this weekend. Goats and job training, medicines and eye surgery, solar cookers and bicycles, micro-loans and tree seedlings, relief for orphans and shelter for the homeless. These are some of the authentic life-giving gifts made available through Alternative Gifts International.
Founded in 1980 in Pasadena, CA, AGI develops alternative gift markets in the U.S. and overseas. Over 270 churches, organizations and schools will hold alternative markets this year nationwide.
Koinona Becans will be available and Habitat for Humanity will have holiday cards for sale. The UMC Outreach Committee will have decorative cookies for sale and the UMC youth group will be serving a light lunch. Come on out this weekend and enjoy a truly unique shopping experience.