Meet our friends from 7 different countries

Friendship in Peru

Friends in Peru | International Friendship Day |#LiveLifeFair | Ten Thousand Villages, Fair Trade Retailer since 1946

On this land once walked one of the most impressive civilizations known to mankind. The remnants of temples and homes still decorate the mountainsides, standing as stone reminders of a history long passed. Travel to the village of Santa Barbara and meet some of our friends in Peru.

Friendship in India

Friends in India | International Friendship Day |#LiveLifeFair | Ten Thousand Villages, Fair Trade Retailer since 1946A long history of rich art and culture, where architecture from the Mughal Dynasty is so ancient, yet so astonishingly elaborate that even the most modern visitor can’t help but look in awe. Meet our friends from the Tara Projects artisan group in Khajuri Khaas—at settlement in the eastern part of Delhi, India.

Friendship in Haiti

Friends in Haiti| International Friendship Day |#LiveLifeFair | Ten Thousand Villages, Fair Trade Retailer since 1946

A tropical paradise, filled with color and life and chaos. There is darkness here, but also jubilance. There is turmoil, but also resilience and undying hope. Deep in the the village of Croix des Bouquets, the streets are dry, dusty, and filled with the pounding sounds of hammer against metal, as the country’s most iconic art is alive and well. Let us introduce you to our friends in Haiti.

Friendship in Burkina Faso

Friends in Burkina Faso | International Friendship Day |#LiveLifeFair | Ten Thousand Villages, Fair Trade Retailer since 1946

There is only one international airport in Burkina Faso, and it sits in the capital city of Ouagadougou. Steps unfold from the plane to meet blistering hot tarmac, heated by a relentless sun. The air is so dry and hot here that it seems to sting all the senses. There are sounds of bustling marketplaces and classic djembe drums echoing between buildings. Meet our friends who create incredible lost wax masterpieces in Burkina Faso.

Friendship in Vietnam

Friends in Vietnam | International Friendship Day |#LiveLifeFair | Ten Thousand Villages, Fair Trade Retailer since 1946

A plane lands in Hanoi and immediately, you know this place is unlike any you’ve seen before. The air is dense and hot, heavy with humidity that will not break until the monsoons come… maybe not even then. North of the city is the village of Bat Trang. Meet our friends working on amazing pottery and perfecting a craft that has been passed down for centuries in Vietnam.

Friendship in Egypt

Friends in Egypt| International Friendship Day |#LiveLifeFair | Ten Thousand Villages, Fair Trade Retailer since 1946

Egypt. There are cities that never sleep. Thriving markets fit to impress even the most particular shopper. Ancient temples dominate the landscape, full of a history so deep that looking back takes us to the very beginnings of civilization. Arid deserts whose dunes hide countless secrets beneath their depths create an iconic landscape. Meet our friend Rawiya—the first Egyptian woman to learn pottery and open a studio in the village of Tunis.

Friendship in Zimbabwe

Friends in Zimbabwe | International Friendship Day |#LiveLifeFair | Ten Thousand Villages, Fair Trade Retailer since 1946

Taking its name from the Shona word for an ancient ruined city that sits within the borders of this landlocked country, Zimbabwe is a nation rich in colorful culture. Mountains meet lake, and on the soft, sandy banks of Lake Kariba, lies a simple village called Binga, where women spend their days sitting side by side, quietly weaving palm leaves and reeds into baskets. Let us introduce you our friends of the Tonga tribe.

Happy International Friendship Day | #LiveLifeFair | Ten Thousand Villages, Fair Trade Retailer since 1946

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