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Artisans market opens with fair trade in Atlanta

A local craftsman creates sculpture from beads and wire in Knysna, South African.
A local craftsman creates sculpture from beads and wire in Knysna, South African.
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Many fair trade establishments are sprouting up and coming to the forefront offering retail exposure for artisans all over the world. By featuring handcrafted items created by struggling artisans, fair trade stores provide a market on a larger scale. Artisans can get their products known to more people.

Ten Thousand Villages, a non-profit organization, with locations in Georgia and across the United States, provides this type of venue for public shopping. One will find all types of crafts and art at fair trade stores like jewelry, kitchen & tableware, wall décor, home accents, scarves and bags. The items are original and reasonably priced. A gift-wrapping service is also available.

The purpose of fair trade is to provide a market for struggling artisans to sell their wares. Through this effort, artisans can make a living and provide for their families and, possibly, entire villages. Fair trade retailers hold true to the social entrepreneurship model by requiring fair pay for artisans, environmentally sustainable resources and no child labor.

Ten Thousand Villages partners with Rehab Cambodia, which creates employment for disabled Cambodians and Women’s Bean Project, which employs impoverished women in food and jewelry manufacturing.

Ten Thousand Villages needs support from volunteers who can help run the stores and spread the stories of the artisans they represent.