Ten Thousand villages in a cold remote city
Ten thousand villages is a store in St Paul that sells hand crafts made in Third World countries. The business calculates a decent wage for people in foreign countries and then the employees make the goods and send them to America.
“We’ve been working with multi-generational families so we know how the businesses are running, and it’s great to see each family growing up and going to school and so forth” said an employee.
This was a huge contrast from another conversation that I had with someone who had connections to a family overseas. The client had this to say about their sister:
“We can’t send my money to my sister to go to college in El Salvador because the gangsters would think that she is rich, and will try to rob her so she just goes to high school for now.”