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About Us

 

Mission Statement:

to provide vital, fair income to artisans by selling their handicrafts and telling their stories.

Purpose:

Dunia Marketplace (formerly Ten Thousand Villages) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide vital, fair income to disadvantaged people from developing countries, local refugee groups, and local non-profit groups, by marketing their handicrafts and telling their stories in North America. The income artisans receive helps pay for food, education, health care and housing. We tell artisan stories to help those who hear us understand how their purchases and consumption habits impact those living in Idaho and developing countries. The organization has a full-time store director, a half-time assistant manager, a working board of directors and over 40 active volunteers.

History of Accomplishments:

The organization was established over 18 years ago and operates Idaho's only non-profit fair trade retail store. Outreach has expanded to sales in Filer, Idaho Falls, McCall, Hailey, and multiple treasure valley locations. The store also participates in the Idaho Green Expo, the Mennonite Relief Sale, and various other events. The store changed its name five years ago in order to allow a higher percentage of items from local disadvantaged groups including Artisans4Hope, Sustainable Futures, Create Common Good and Global Gardens (local refugee farms) to help them generate revenue and create jobs. Dunia Marketplace (formerly Ten Thousand Villages), a not-for-profit retail store and educational organization, has been an active part of the North End and the Boise business communities for close to two decades!  The store provides fairly traded hand-crafted items and consumables to create jobs, dignity, sustainability, education and hope to communities, villages, and neighborhoods around the world. The organization also spreads awareness of fair trade through public speaking, off site educational fair trade events, in store field trips, community shopping programs, and telling artisan stories wherever they go.A strong base of committed volunteers and incorporating items from local refugee groups tie Dunia Marketplace to the local community. Fair trade means prompt payments, long-term relationships, fair wages and environmentally responsible practices.