In honor of International Women’s Day (March 8), Ten Thousand Villages, located at 915 King Street in Old Town Alexandria, will donate 10% of the sales on Saturday, March 7 to the Alexandria Office on Women’s Domestic Violence Program.
And just in time for spring garden parties, shoppers on March 7 can also sample new products from the Women’s Bean Project. The Denver based company, which teaches women job skills from warehouse work to sales and marketing, was recently featured on PBS’s News Hour with Jim Lehrer.
International Women’s Day was first observed in 1909 in New York as a way to improve the working conditions of women and girls in industrialized countries around the world. Its popularity grew during World War I, and today organizations from the United Nations to local unions and charities participate in IWD events and programs.
Ten Thousand Villages in Alexandria, Virginia is one of more than 100 Ten Thousand Villages stores across North America. Ten Thousand Villages, a leader in the fair trade movement, has provided fair prices, working capital, and a market for artisans around the world for 63 years.