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May 24, 2012 Posted by Ryan in News

End of May News


Join Marcia Franklin & Ten Thousand Villages CEO, Doug Dirks on Dialogue

http://idahoptv.org/dialogue/

Airs on IDAHO PUBLIC TELEVISION :  Tomorrow, Thursday, May 24, 2012   8:30/7:30 pm MT/PT

Marcia Franklin talks about fair trade issues with Doug Dirks, the CEO of Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade retailer. The two discuss the definition of the term "fair trade," how consumers can know if they're buying a fair trade item, how artisan communities use the money derived from the sale of their products, some of the criticisms of the movement, and what Dirks views as its future.

Remember Dad's and Grads

How about a bike chain frame?


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March 21, 2011 Posted by Ryan in News

Artisans4Hope helps refugees living in Idaho acquire skills

Artisans4Hope helps refugees living in Idaho acquire skills, livelihoods in a tough economy

Fabric, sewing machines, and women at work crowd tables in an airy space on Idaho Street.

The banter is a mix of Nepali, Uzbek, French and slowly, more and more English, as people pass tools back and forth, hold up finished items to be admired, or consult over a pattern.

Mastoureh Tashkin, a former refugee from Afghanistan, is among the women (and a few men) who come each week to be part of Artisans4Hope. The nonprofit, volunteer-run project has three missions: helping refugees learn English, integrating them into the community, and most pressing, helping them make money.

Tashkin, a tall, elegant woman, takes the bus Downtown from home, where she and her three children live with a sponsor. She shares the plight of many in the Valley, refugee and otherwise. She can't find a job, andhas a family to support.

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