Employee Highlight: Crafts of the World Sale

For the past 15 years, Boundary Bay employee Dottie Grantham, her husband and son, have helped Good News Fellowship to host the Annual Ten Thousand Villages Crafts of the World Sale. The 28th Annual Crafts of the World Sale takes place on 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 1252 W. Axton Road in Ferndale.

All items are handmade and fair trade from artisans in developing countries. Items include tablecloths, jewelry, pots, lamps, cook books, baskets, scarves nativity sets and tons of Christmas decorations to name a few. Fair trade purchases of handmade jewelry, home decor and gifts helps improve the lives of thousands of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

“Helping others is the best part [of the event],” Dottie says.

The goal of the sale is to help artisans in developing countries have the opportunity to see their skills lift them and their families beyond poverty to stability; with food, clothing, a roof over their head, as well as education and medical assistance.

Another favorite part for Dottie is hearing the stories about how the artisans benefit due to the continued support of the organization.

Ten Thousand Villages is one of the world’s largest fair trade organizations and a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization, a global network of more than 350 fair trade organizations in 70 countries. Ten Thousand Villages also is a founding member of International Fair Trade Association (IFAT) and a member of the Fair Trade Federation (FTF), both of which aim to improve the livelihood of disadvantaged people in developing countries and to change unfair structures of international trade.

Ten Thousand Villages Vision: One day all artisans in the developing countries will earn a fair wage, be treated with dignity and respect and be able to live a life of quality.

It’s not just about handmade items either. San Miguel Café will offer a place to relax with a friend and enjoy a delicious cup of Level Ground Columbian Coffee along with other homemade treats. They will also be selling 1 lb. packages of coffee. Proceeds from sales of Level Ground coffee and dried fruit support Famicafe, a Colombian non-profit providing education for the children of the coffee producers.

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