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Sustainable Business Tour: 10,000 Villages

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DC Net Impact Sustainable Business Tours

Ten Thousand Villages ( is co-hosting a sustainable business tour with the William James Foundation.

Ten Thousand Villages in Bethesda, MD, (http://bethesda.tenth... ( is a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe. Featuring products from 131 artisan groups in some 38 countries, they are part of a network of 156 retail outlets throughout the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products.

As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 60 years cultivating trading relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to distinctive handcrafted items. They seek to establish long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans are under- or unemployed, and in which they lack other opportunities for income. A founding member of IFAT- the World Fair Trade Organization, Ten Thousand Villages sees fair trade as an alternative approach to conventional international trade.

The event is free. Food and Honest Tea will be provided.

Register for this event by clicking the TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES box under "subscription preferences" on the home page of .

Metro: Bethesda stop on the red line, exit onto Woodmont Ave and walk 2 blocks. The Bethesda Trolley also stops at the intersection of Elm St. and Arlington Rd.

Driving: North on Wisconsin Ave. (Rt. 355) from downtown DC to Elm St. Turn left and go 2 blocks, crossing Woodmont Ave. Ten Thousand Villages is on the right near the intersection of Elm St. and Arlington Rd. Public parking is available in the Elm St. Garage- the entrance is at the intersection of Elm St. and Woodmont Ave., next to Austin Grill. Please note: We are two blocks south of the Bethesda Metro (on the Red Line).