Sup­port fair trade at Ten Thou­sand Vil­lages’ fes­ti­val sale

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS - KINGSCOUN­TYNEWS.CA KENTVILLE, N.S. Sara.Eric­s­son@kingscoun­

An up­com­ing fes­ti­val sale in Kentville will of­fer peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to browse unique gifts while sup­port­ing ar­ti­sans in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

The Ten Thou­sand Vil­lages Fes­ti­val Sale takes place Oct. 26 from noon to 8 p.m. and Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kentville Fire Hall. The event is in its 11th year and is or­ga­nized by the Friends of Ten Thou­sand Vil­lages- An­napo­lis Val­ley/ Kentville.

It fea­tures hand­crafted home and gift items – ev­ery­thing from mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, pot­tery and jewelry to bas­kets, toys and hand-loomed tex­tiles – made by ar­ti­sans from 30 de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

“By hold­ing this sale, we’re giv­ing cus­tomers in Kentville a chance to buy unique prod­ucts while help­ing peo­ple in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries to meet ba­sic needs for them­selves and their fam­ily,” says sale or­ga­nizer Kim O’Con­nor.

Each ar­ti­san is paid a fair wage and re­ceives it as soon as their goods are pur­chased in their re­spec­tive coun­tries. Their wage is de­ter­mined by their cost of liv­ing and abil­ity to keep up with costs like food, cloth­ing, hous­ing, chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion and med­i­cal costs.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion works with 120 ar­ti­san groups, which in­clude a to­tal of nearly 20,000 ar­ti­sans glob­ally, and es­tab­lishes long-term re­la­tion­ships with ar­ti­sans like Luong Thi Huong, a 36-year-old Viet­namese woman who has worked with non-profit ce­ramic work­shop Mai Hand­i­crafts for four years.

Her prod­ucts and story will be among those avail­able at the Kentville fair.

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