University partners with store
WAYNESBURG – Waynesburg University has partnered with Ten Thousand Villages to offer a unique shopping experience to the community during the holiday season. The store at 49 S. Washington Street in Waynesburg, will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday through Dec. 17.
Ten Thousand Villages sales benefit the artisans by providing a fair trade profit for their products. The sales also benefit the Waynesburg University Mission Trip Scholarship Fund, as Ten Thousand Villages donates the overhead costs for the sale to the fund. The fund provides assistance to students who travel domestically or internationally to serve others.
Thomas Ribar, Waynesburg University chaplain and remote sales coordinator, has been involved with the store since its inception in Waynesburg. According to Ribar, every sale allows the Waynesburg community to participate in a conscious decision to better the world.
The store encompasses 100 artisan groups representing more than 38 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. A variety of handmade products such as jewelry, pottery, stationery, toys, wall art, candles and picture frames are available for purchase.
Ten Thousand Villages is part of a worldwide movement determined to practice fair trade. The organization works with artisans in developing countries to provide a market for artisan products which are sold at a fair trade value. The nonprofit organization is one of more than 300 International Fair Trade Association members in 70 countries. IFAT members agree that fair trade is an alternative approach to conventional international trade. Its mission is to improve the livelihood of disadvantaged people in developing countries and to change unfair structures of international trade.
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