BLUFFTON — Lois Kreider will discuss her life as an entrepreneur and Girl Scout leader from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 24 on the third floor of the Bluffton Town Hall.
Kreider started the first fair trade store in the country in 1974, in Bluffton, when she opened a self-help crafts store, the Et Cetera Shop.
The store eventually became Ten Thousand Villages, a franchise with 300 retail stores which improves the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries.
Bluffton is now designated as a Fair Trade Town because of the number of fair trade sources in the village. It was the first Fair Trade Town in Ohio and the 11th in the United States. Fair Trade is a system where small businesses in the developing world are paid a fair price through a nonprofit which ensures non-discriminatory, environmentally sustainable, fair and safe working conditions.
For a detailed story of the Et Cetera shop’s 40 year history, visit http://www.blufftonconnection.com/2013/02/11/the-et-cetera-shop-of-bluffton-ohio/. To learn more about Ten Thousand Villages, visit http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/.
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