The mission of Ten Thousand Villages 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.
What is fair trade?
"Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South.”
-The World Fair Trade Organization
Our mission would mean nothing without the volunteers who help us live it out every day!
We work with hundreds of Volunteers each year from grade school students to some of Austin's finest retirees! We've proudly partnered with Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired since 2011.
KUT was there when Ten Thousand Villages set a world record in 2014. Listen here
Take a Journey through our store!
Ask any of our staff or volunteers and we’ll take you on a tour around the world to experience our artisan partners and the crafts they create.
Bring your furry friend!
If there is anything we love more than fair trade, it’s our four legged friends. Our store is proud to be pet friendly and we are home to many dog friendly events hosted throughout the year! In June we partnered with Austin Pets Alive for our Adopt and Shop event where we were able to find Einstein (below), a new home with one of our customers!
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