Why buy Fair Trade?
- Helps farmers and factory workers in 30 countries work in safe conditions, earn extra money to invest in their communities and improve the lives of their families;
- Creates jobs in the developing world;
- Ensures that children are not forced into labor;
- Gives women an opportunity for independence, and a way out of an abusive or unsafe environment.
This is where the first Fair Trade organization in North America, Ten Thousand Villages steps in. A non-profit retail organization, Ten Thousand Villages operates with the mission to create income-earning opportunities for artisans in developing countries by establishing a sustainable market for handmade products in North America.
By building long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisan partners lack opportunities for stable income, Ten Thousand Villages provides artisans with opportunities to pay for food, education, healthcare, housing and more. Since its founding in 1946, the company has worked with makers who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed to earn $140 million in sustainable income.
Check out a few of our favorite handmade items from the artisans at Ten Thousand Villages: