Still need a gift for Mom? Winter Park’s Ten Thousand Villages can help you, which then helps others

A pottery maker in Nepal shows off her wares.
A pottery maker in Nepal shows off her wares.

A guest post by Winter Park store manager, Jennifer Schroeder

At Ten Thousand Villages in Winter Park, take a trip around the world, just by walking through the door.

Our store is a place where shoppers are surrounded with beautiful, handmade jewelry, accessories, home décor, musical instruments, and unique gifts made by artisans in 28 developing countries.  The products at Ten Thousand Villages are handcrafted by talented artisans and every purchase allows these artisans to create a better life for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Beatrice Chavez Paucar, a Peruvian artisan and jewelry maker whose sparkling creations are among the many offerings at Ten Thousand Villages.
Beatrice Chavez Paucar, a Peruvian artisan and jewelry maker whose sparkling creations are among the many offerings at Ten Thousand Villages.

Ten Thousand Villages works directly with their artisan partners to build long-term relationships and pays them a mutually agreed upon fair price for their work.  This partnership creates opportunities for disadvantaged artisans, especially for women artisans and artisans with disabilities. The income they earn helps these talented individuals access medical care, healthy food and safe water, send their children to school, and plan for their futures.

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Every product we carry is carefully handcrafted using traditional methods that have been passed down through the generations. The materials used are recycled and sustainable, with the goal of protecting the environment for future generations. It’ s a great way to honor Mom, with a gift that will bring health, safety, and a future to mothers and children in other parts of the world.

A beautiful, hand-crafted vase makes "typical" Mother's Day bouquets anything but!
A beautiful, hand-crafted vase makes “typical” Mother’s Day bouquets anything but!

Shopping at Ten Thousand Villages means discovering–and making–a world of difference. Mom will love a gift from this store because our gifts give back. And that’s a great way to remind her that she raised you well!