November 4, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) --–Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade retailer with 75 locations across the country and online at www.tenthousandvillages.com, offers uniquely handcrafted menorahs from India and Mexico. Made from materials like bicycle gears and ceramic, these menorahs add interest to traditional Hanukkah celebrations.
For more than 60 years, Ten Thousand Villages has established fair, long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans lack opportunities for stable income.
Ten Thousand Villages offers the following menorahs:
Children of Hope Menorah
Children lighting the Hanukkah candles will delight in this charming ceramic menorah handcrafted in Mexico. By the eighth night of Hanukkah, all of the children in the room and on the menorah will glow in the light of the tradition that celebrates God’s faithfulness and provision. Suggested retail price, $48.
Bicycle Chain Menorah
Through innovative recycling, artisans of Noah's Ark International in Moradabad fashion this unique menorah from recycled bicycle chain. The cost of metals has skyrocketed in recent years. Noah’s Ark trains artisans to use alternative metals and materials, and to create distinctive designs such as this product. The menorah measures 8 inches long by 1.5 inches tall. Suggested retail price, $24.
A fair trade retailer, Ten Thousand Villages offers holiday and home decor, personal accessories and gift items rich in ancient global traditions. Ten Thousand Villages offers products from more than 130 artisan groups in 38 countries via a network of more than 390 retail outlets throughout the United States. Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit program of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).
The commitment to support artisans around the globe is strengthened through fair trade compensation practices including cash advances and prompt payments. As the company continues to grow, Ten Thousand Villages has deliberately married the concept of fair trade with healthy and environmentally sustainable business practices. From store operations to product sourcing to marketing practices, Ten Thousand Villages strives to meet the “triple bottom line” of economic, environmental and social sustainability.
Founded in 1946, the company has grown from the trunk of founder Edna Ruth Byler's car to a network of more than 390 retail outlets throughout the United States. Ten Thousand Villages is an exceptional source for unique handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art & sculpture and personal accessories made by artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.
One of the world's largest fair trade organizations and a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization, the company strives to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries. Product sales help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed. For more information, visit www.tehnthousandvillages.com.