The fair trade movement seeks to ensure the economic security and well-being of artisans, producers and farmers in developing countries. The national non-profit retail store Ten Thousand Villages (TTV), a business helping to preserve crafting traditions passed down through generations while connecting customers with other cultures, has been a leader in the fair trade model for more than 65 years.
“Fair trade creates opportunities for makers around the world to achieve goals that people everywhere share,” says TTV Asheville assistant manager Sara Martin. “This includes education for children, a safe place to live and empowerment for entire communities.”
This year, TTV is celebrating its 25th anniversary of business operation in downtown Asheville. The store is partnering with local businesses that share the fair trade mission and philosophy to raise awareness of the increasing importance of fair trade in a globalized economy while thanking the Asheville community for its support.
On Tuesday, October 3, at 5 p.m., TTV will hold an International Moveable Feast, which will allow ticket holders to enjoy wine and tea at the store along with an introduction to the space and the TTV ethos. From there, participants will take part in a restaurant tour, walking to nearby Nepalese restaurant Kathmandu Café for appetizers, followed by a vegetarian course at Ethiopian restaurant Addissae and a main dish at Blue Dream Curry House. Finally, guests will make their way back to the store for fair trade chocolate and coffee along with a brief program about the store’s history and artisans’ stories.
“Our mission is a constant reminder to me of how interconnected we are and what powerful ripple effects our decisions can create toward positive, global change,” says Martin. “Our 25th anniversary Moveable Feast event celebrates that inter-connection through one of the most important global traditions: a meal shared together.”
Ten Thousand Villages is located at 10 College Street in Asheville. For more information about the store’s products and philosophy, please contact Asheville assistant store manager Sara Martin at 828.254.8374 or visit tenthousandvillages.com/asheville. For International Moveable Feast ticket information, visit eventbrite.com/e/international-moveable-feast-tickets- 36552775335.