Today's guest post on I Heart Daily is from Allykatzz Teen Editor Kiley Krzyzek, 16, of Connecticut. She tells us about fair trade shopping at Ten Thousand Villages: I've been a long-time loyal customer at my local Ten Thousand Villages store and I recently became a volunteer. Ten Thousand Villages is a really unique and awesome store. Its products are hand-crafted by artisans around the globe in developing countries who are paid fair trade. That basically means that they're paid adequately for their work and can get an income to help provide for themselves and their family. It's one of the oldest and largest non profit fair trade organizations in the world.
When you walk into the store, all of your senses are stimulated -- you can smell the soaps, taste the coffee, feel the woven baskets, hear the peaceful music. It's a relaxing experience. The staff is friendly (and I'm not just saying that because I'm now a part of it!) and there's a lot to look at and interact with. You can try on scarves and jewelry, sample music, play drums and other instruments. The store has great home decor you can't find anywhere else, and it all tells a story.
I'm a big fan of jewelry and I love that not only is their jewelry unique and cute but it's eco-friendly and I know that proceeds benefit artisans around the world. This rose pendant necklace (pictured), for example, was made in an impoverished area of Lima, Peru.
Kiley Krzyzek, 16, is the Teen Editor of Allykatzz.com, a safe blogging and reporting site for girls. She lives in Connecticut and loves animals, writing, and making jewelry for her business Bejeweled Jewelry. Her allykatzz screen name is Ki.