- Look closely at the photograph. Edna Ruth Byler is holding the fabric object. Describe the objects on the table and behind the people. What do you notice about the objects?Are they like anything you have in your home? Why or why not?
- Edna Ruth Byler believed that she could provide sustainable economic opportunities for artisans in developing countries by creating a viable marketplace for their products in North America. Refer back to the description of fair trade. How was Edna Ruth Byler helping to support free trade?
- Edna Ruth Byler started the organization Ten Thousand Villages. Now there are over 70 Ten Thousand Villages stores across the U.S., and more than 300 specialty shops sell Ten Thousand Villages products. How does her vision support free trade?
Edna Ruth Byler, 1968. Courtesy of Ten Thousand Villages.