our history

  • 2002

     

    Liz visited Hmong Village 9 in Tak province with her parents, WELS Missionaries Rob and Nora, and bought a strip of Hmong embroidery

  • 2003

    Using the Hmong embroidery strips from Village 9, WELS Bible Institute students made the first Hmong coin purse for supplementary income

  • 2004

    Began a work-study program with Bible students who worked on craft projects 2 days a week with tin-smithing and jewelry-making training through Kingdom Worker program funding

  • First craft display and sale out of the trunk of the car

  • 2006

    First Bible students complete sewing certification program

  • 2007

    The Village 9 embroidery program grows into a robust craft outreach in partnership with the local church leaders

  • 2008

    Thai Village officially receives status as a non-profit organization in the US, continuing to support Bible students in Thailand

  • 2009

    As a result of the 2008 economic crash, WELS Bible Institute was closed and Thai Village grew into a full-time project for former students and community members

  • 2010

    Friday community workday became a regular tradition that continues to this day

  • 2011

    First wholesale order from Empower International in Australia

  • 2012

    Hired first full-time seamstress, Pring; Hired Nuut as a designer

  • First Fair Trade Show in Seattle, Washington, and 55 other locations

  • Matched savings program and financial stewardship seminars began

  • 2013

    Began training many new part-time artisans in Thai Village signature products like boxed nativity sets and embroidered Christmas baubles

  • 2014

    Online sales began out of Jung’s warehouse in Randolph, WI

  • 2016

    Home visit program started in artisan communities

  • 2020

    First relief program established for families of those affected by COVID-19 including feeding 698 families with food packets throughout the year

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