Today I am writing about a wonderful little shop in Garden City, not far from where I live. There are many of them all over the globe. This is a non-profit organization and this is a short quote from their website, http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/ , about how it began:
The global fair trade movement began with the founding of Ten Thousand Villages more than 60 years ago through the visionary work of Edna Ruth Byler, a pioneering businesswoman. Byler was struck by the overwhelming poverty she witnessed during a trip to Puerto Rico in 1946, where she was moved to take action. The seminal contribution of Byler ignited a global movement to eradicate poverty through market-based solutions.
In this store, you can find a wide variety of artisan works, from jewelry to garden pots, to books to coffee, spicy hot chocolate and tea. Each purchase supports a woman's business somewhere in a developing nation. Here are some things that I have purchased there.
I also found a very pretty pot for my indoor garden. It was made in Vietnam.