I'm volunteering every other Wednesday at the new boutique that two couples in our church had the passion to start. Ten Thousand Villages, works with over 100 artisan groups in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to bring you fair trade jewelry, home decor, gifts and more. As one of the world's oldest and largest fair trade organizations, it builds long-term relationships with artisans that are based on mutual understanding and respect. Fair trade enables artisans to earn a fair wage and provides the opportunity for a better quality of life.
In the picture above (which was taken about a month ago), I'm shown with Pam (a graphic desiner who is friends with Chantale)--the girl who basically set up the store to look how it does. She was amazing, and the day I went to help, I mostly felt like I was in the way. I finally found a way to occupy myself (I stuffed pillow forms into beautiful hand-made cases) and left the arranging to the designer.
Well, I hope that whenever you come to visit, that we can make a stop at the boutique. It is a beautiful place filled with beautiful things.