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Shop for a Cause at the 22nd annual Ten Thousand Villages “International Gift Faire”

This fair trade sale features unique handicrafts, gifts and household items from Ten Thousand Villages, the oldest & largest Fair Trade organization in the world. In 2008, the Faire, held in San Jose, reached a total combined profit of over $1 million for artisans in developing countries. It has become the largest two-day sale of Ten Thousand Villages in the U.S.

Ten Thousand Villages supports the work of 50-60,000 artisans across Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed. With the income they earn, these artisans are able to provide basic necessities like food, education, health care and housing for their families. This year’s sale in San Jose is especially critical to the artisans’ welfare, due to the decreased economy in the U.S. and Canada resulting in fewer orders for their handicrafts. Many of the items produced by the artisans are “eco-friendly”, being made from re-cycled materials such as newspapers, glass, aluminum cans, and other re-cycled metals.

Just a few of the many items you can expect to find at the “International Gift Faire”:
Children’s toys
Children’s clothing
Ethnic musical instruments
Handmade papers & Stationery
Holiday decorations
Pottery / Garden décor
House wares / Home décor
Chocolate, Coffee & Tea

Please help support fair trade around the world and “Shop for a Cause”!

Sale dates: Friday, October 15th, 9am to 8pm
Saturday, October 16th, 10am to 4pm

Location: Lincoln Glen Fellowship Hall
2700 Booksin Ave.
San Jose, CA 95125

For more information about the “International Gift Faire” or Ten Thousand Villages, visit the following websites: