Ten Thousand Villages
Ten Thousand Villages-Riverside is a social enterprise formed by a collective of nonprofits and faith communities working together to develop the presence of Fair Trade products in the Riverside marketplace. The mission of Ten Thousand Villages is to create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income through bringing their products and stories to our markets and establishing long-term fair trading relationships. Ten Thousand Villages, established in 1946, is one of the world’s largest fair trade partnerships and is a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization.
Fair Trade is a partnership based on an exchange of goods that involves dialogue, transparency and mutual respect. It pursues greater equity in international trade. Fair Trade contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers.
By selling fair trade merchandise, we stand in solidarity with community-based artisans in over 40 developing countries around the globe. We do this to advocate and implement a just, ethical, and fair economic practice. Every product sold is our way of investing into the lives of these artisans. For artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed, and often living in extreme poverty, a Fair Trade Agreement allows for them to receive the opportunity to buy food and obtain education, healthcare, and housing for themselves, their families, and community members.
Ten Thousand Villages-Riverside is a nonprofit effort (EIN: 953406983) and all donations are tax deductible. Currently, we operate as a volunteer-ran mobile vendor and participate in community events throughout the Inland Empire. As our organization continues to grow, it is our goal to establish a fully operational retail store. This store will prove most effective in selling goods and sharing the stories of our global partners.
If you are interested in coming alongside our efforts and becoming a monthly donor, please contact us. Additionally, you can contact us for volunteer opportunities!