Founded in 1946, Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit fair trade organizations that markets and distributes handcrafted products made by artisans from more than 35 developing countries around-the-world.
Among the world’s largest and oldest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages works with more than 120 artisan groups and establishes long-term purchasing relationships with individuals through paying a fair price for their work. As a result, consumers who choose to obtain ethically-sourced goods have access to unique, high-quality items, gifts, and accessories from all over the world. Ten Thousand Villages feels that together we can break the cycle of poverty and truly make an impact upon the lives of these people and their communities.
In addition to contributing to a more financially-stable future, Ten Thousand Villages focuses-on the use of locally-sourced, recycled and renewable materials in our products. They feel that the Earth sustains us all, and in return we should also provide it the same common courtesy. As a result, the organization promote sustainability initiatives and energy efficiency throughout the entire supply chain.
As it is, Ten Thousand Villages is a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (formerly the International Fair Trade Association) and a certified member of the Fair Trade Federation (FTF). Ten Thousand Villages is also a nonprofit partner of Mennonite Central Committee.