Ten Thousand Villages does business differently than typical retailers. Our artisan investment model puts the maker first and is built on long-term partnerships and fair trade principles. It is designed to provide makers in developing countries opportunity to gain a safety net of financial security and break the cycle of poverty.
Fair wage pricing is paid regardless of economic changes.
It all starts with a conversation between us and the maker. Sometimes it’s a cooperative of artisans, other times just one maker. The makers present us with a sample built on their skill, tools, traditional art forms, available materials and market design. Then we talk about how to ensure sustainability for both of us as the product is developed and brought to market. Most importantly, we make sure that makers factor profit and fair wage into a final price for their handcrafts.