At my house, we’re in Christmas mode! No trees decorated or stockings hung by the chimney, but when you’re on a budget you have to get started before the Thanksgiving Day starting gun goes off.
As always, Rochelle, Malia, Katharine and I, are looking for ways to make our dollars go farther. Not just in the “more-for-the-money” sort of way, but in the “bless-the-world” kind of way, too.
Rochelle discovered, Ten Thousand Villages, while reading through Will and Lisa Sampson’s book, Justice in the Burbs. Ten Thousand Villages supports the work of tens of thousands of artisans in over 30 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, making them one the largest fair trade organizations in North America. Working with more than 100 artisan groups, they purchase fine pieces from craftspeople with whom they have longstanding, nurturing relationships…helping to bring dignity to people’s lives.
Basically, people in poor countries can make a living by selling cool, handmade stuff. This is a great place to look for gifts to share with the ones you love!
One of the things Rochelle and I have learned in our journey to become more righteous and just people is this: Serving others does not preclude living your life! It does mean, however, is that you learn – over time – to think and do the some things differently. Ten Thousand Villages is simply one of the places that’s making that easy! Merry Christmas