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March 19th, 2010

Woman Shops Globe

Browse global goods at Ten Thousand Villages the Rice Village boutique that represents female artisans from developing areas.

Fair trade: You let your husband buy that gigantic flat screen in exchange for the new Luella bag you've been eyeing. Yep, it seems your diplomatic negotiating skills will ensure a long and successful partnership.

Take your efforts one step further at Ten Thousand Villages, the Rice Village boutique that represents 132 artisans, many female, from developing areas around the world. The small non-profit shop fairly compensates the makers of hand-crafted goods for their beautiful work – think chic straw hats from Camaroon, zebra striped stools from Kenya and delicate blue and white bowls from Vietnam. The rich relationships the organization forms overseas also helps to pass on low prices to shoppers - we love the new $22 plush pillows made from vibrant Indian sari silk.

Now, time for a peace summit on whether that LCD is gonna replace your abstract print above the mantel.

Ten Thousand Villages
2424A Rice Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005

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