Ten Thousand Villages works with over 100 artisan groups in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to bring you handmade jewelry, home decor, gifts and more.
As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair-trade organizations, they build 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.
Hyattsville Mennonite Church is directly involved in the Ten Thousand Villages store in Alexandria, VA as board members and volunteers. In addition, every year Hyattsville Mennonite Church holds the International Craft Fair and Bake sale.
The Alexandria store was founded in 1994. It is one of approximately 130 stores across North America affiliated with the Ten Thousand Villages parent organization. It sells merchandise and food produced by Third World artisans and farmers who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed. They are assured of fair wages and consistent, reliable purchases. Approximately 40 volunteers work in the store and serve on its board of directors.
915 King Street
Alexandria , VA 22314
In the Washington, DC, metro area, there are other Ten Thousand Villages stores at 4959 Elm Street, Bethesda, MD 20814, (301) 718-3465, and The Row at Rockville Town Square, 107 Gibbs Street, Unit D, Rockville, MD 20850, (301) 340-7122.