Ten Thousand Villages‘ mission is to create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair trade relationships.
They sell handmade, fairly-traded, and sustainably sourced gifts, jewelry, accessories, clothing, home decor, kitchen items, children’s toys and books, and holiday decor. All purchases support the artisans – 65% of whom are women – and their families from 28 different countries. Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit organization.
Examples of some of the recycled, upcycled and sustainably-sourced materials that their artisans use include turning brass bomb casings into jewelry in Cambodia, and upcycling sari fabric in Bangladesh into jewelry, home decor, and even furniture. They also work with artisans in Haiti who reuse 55-gallon steel oil drums to create wall art and ornaments, and artisan partners in Vietnam reuse newspaper and magazines to create baskets, wall decor, cards, ornaments and boxes.