Because every handmade object has a life of meaning behind it
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) and time-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.
Putting food on the table
Sending children to school
Providing a warm, safe home
Keeping the family healthy
We lay the groundwork for sustainable change by providing a space for people to take charge of their own lives and build something for themselves.
in sustainable income has been earned by makers who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed since our founding in 1946.
- EST 1946 -
As a fair trade pioneer, we believe market-based solutions can end the cycle of poverty
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.
Ethical at Every Step
A maker-centered business model
A Fair Price
We pay mutually agreed upon prices for artisans’ creations and deliver advance payments to nurture resillient enterprises that can grow and flourish.
We build lasting relationships with artisan groups, providing consistency and stability that allows makers to plan ahead and improve their quality of life.
Good Working Conditions
We ensure that artisans have safe and healthy places to work. Child labor is prohibited in an effort to keep kids in school and out of the workforce.
We share trend details with makers and team up to create inventive modern designs that preserve traditional skills of craftsmanship passed down through generations.
We aim to keep the earth’s resources in balance, emphasizing the use of recycled or renewable natural materials and applying sustainable environmental practices.
We partner with women and people who are often overlooked so all have a chance to thrive and create change for themselves, their families and their communities.