Fair Trade Relationships
At TenThousandVillages.com our shopping experience can help more than just us. We are not your typical business. We are a non-profit social enterprise that partners with independent small-scale artisan groups, co-ops and workshops to bring their wares to our markets.
According to TenThousandVillages.com:
Ten Thousand Villages is more than a store. It’s a place where you can explore and connect with your global village.
From communities throughout the developing world, every inspired design is crafted with love using local materials (usually natural or recycled) andtime-honored skills by makers we have known and worked with for years.
Every purchase improves the lives of makers by supporting their craft and providing a fair, stable income.
We offer a way for you to become part of the story, to shop your values and give gifts with meaning. Because this is bigger than us.
Not only does TenThousandVillages.com offer great products that are made by skilled artisans, also:
Ten Thousand Villages creates opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair trading relationships.
Personal Relationships Being Built
The relationship that TenThousandVillages.com has with their artisans is not only monetary in nature, but friendly and personal. There is a blog portion on their website that highlights the artisans bringing the products to market. There are women who live in an abused women shelter that makes sari cloth. A husband and wife team who provide jewelry to help pay for clean drinking water in their village. There are people and projects from all over the world. From Egypt, Viet Nam, Burkina
Faso, that bring a particular skill and product. The products you buy have more meaning behind them, they are helping others not so fortunate than us.
There is so much more than can be mentioned here. Please visit TenThousandVillages.com to become part of a community where our gift giving helps more than we will ever know.