Ten Thousand Villages is a fair trade retailer that aims to provide buyers with well-made and unique goods, while creating more opportunities for artisans in developing countries around the world by providing them with a long-term partnership that enables them to increase their sales substantially.
So far, the retailer works with over 20,000 artisans from 26 countries, who are paid on a mutually agreed upon price for their work, with advance payments offered so that they can grow resilient businesses. Ten Thousand Villages has built long-lasting partnerships with 66 artisan groups so far, which has made it easier for them to plan ahead and have more stability. In addition, it's dedicated to providing safe workplaces, and aims to empower women and those who are often overlooked.
The goods available from the brand vary, however it's always stocked with colorful homeware, stunning jewelry, apparel, holiday ornaments, ceramics, cards for all occasions, and much more. The retailer emphasizes the use of recycled and natural materials to contribute to a sustainable vision, and collaborates with artisans by sharing trend details that appeal to its consumers.