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2424 Rice BoulevardHouston, TX 77005

Mitra Bali, a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, functions loosely as a cooperative representing artisans who make wood, silver, bamboo, coconut, ceramic and other handicrafts. Located on the island of Bali, the organization was formed in 1993 to support poor artisans facing ruin because well-established businesses controlled prices and monopolized the burgeoning Bali tourism market. The cooperative only works with producers who support gender equity, provide healthy working conditions, use environmentally sustainable materials, and do not exploit child labor or women. Mitra Bali helps artisans during periods of low orders with no-interest loans and the loaning of cows. Mitra Bali also supports a reforestation program, an environmental initiative, as well as an effort to prevent artisans from selling their land. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased from Mitra Bali since 1989.


Sales Volunteer

Goal: Serve as an ambassador for small producers around the world that create our handmade goods.


  • Share the Fair Trade mission and convey its importance to our guests.
  • Operate the register to finalize sales and clock in and out to track your hours.
  • Learn the history and mission of Ten Thousand Villages.
  • Learn the product and producer information, store policies and procedures.
  • Advocate for craftspeople by sharing their stories with customers.
  • Greet and assist customers in an interactive and welcoming manner.
  • Unpack price and stock merchandise as needed.
  • Light cleaning and organizing to maintain appealing sales floor appearance.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Interest in and commitment to the Ten Thousand Villages mission and Fair Trade.
  • Willingness to learn policies, procedures and product information
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people and promote the store for the benefit of our artisans.
  • Dependable.
  • Regualr access to an email account.

Time Required:

Minimum - 8 hours per month (1 full day or 2 half days).


  • Meet many different people with similar interests and different experiences.
  • Fun, relaxed and warm work environment.
  • Learn more about artisans and crafts.
  • Volunteer functions to thank you for your hard work and effort.

Supervisor: Lead Sales Associates, Volunteer Coordinator, Store Manager


  • Customer Service
  • People Skills
  • Retail / Sales
  • Community Outreach
  • Recruiting
  • Transactions

Good Match For

Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 15
  • Orientation or Training
  • 8 Hours Monthly
  • We are always looking for long-term commitments when you are able!
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