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Uploaded on May 6, 2011
Ten Thousand Villages provides vital, fair income to people in poor countries by marketing their handicrafts and telling their stories in North America. It works with artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed. Thousands of US people volunteer with Ten Thousand Villages in their home communities and at headquarters in Akron, Pennsylvania. Launched in 1946, it is a non-profit programme of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), the relief, development and service agency of North American Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches. It works with organizations recommended by its representatives, MCC workers or by other ATOs. Staff from headquarters visit craft groups to discuss strengths and challenges, and to share ideas for adapting products to North American markets.