TRURO, N.S. – A connection with Ten Thousand Villages has enabled Rawshun Ara to send her children to school.
The Bangladeshi woman was struggling to provide basic needs for her family before the organization provided her training in making crafts and ensured she was paid a fair wage for the items she created.
“Now, I am able to earn and provide the basic needs for my family, and send my kids to school,” said Ara. “I also learned that I enjoy making handicraft products.
“My future dream is to create a better life for my kids. I want them to get higher education. I also want to own land and a house of my own. To me, fair trade means getting fair wages to support my family, working in a peaceful environment and living with dignity.”
Ten Thousand Villages works with artisans who would otherwise be unemployed, or underemployed, providing them with an income that helps pay for food, education, health care and housing. Items created by the artisans, such as jewelry, baskets, toys, pottery and musical instruments, are sold at fairs in North America.
The Truro fall event will be held at Immanuel Baptist Church, 295 Young St., on Friday, Nov. 24, from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 25, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ten Thousand Villages is in its 71st year of operation and works with more than 120 artisan groups from more than 30 countries. This is the 24th year the fairs have been held in Truro.