Ten Thousand Villages is an excellent source for unique handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art and sculpture, textiles, serve ware and personal accessories in place of the diverse cultures of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. One of the world largest fair trade organizations and a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization the company strive to develop the living of 10000 of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries.
Ten Thousand Villages accomplishes this by establishing a sustainable market for handmade products in North America, and building long term buying relationships in places where skilled artisan partners lack opportunity for stable income. Product sales help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed.
One day all artisans in the developing countries will earn a fair wage, be treated with dignity and deference and be able to live a life of quality.
Ten Thousand Villages mission is to create opportunity for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long term fair trading relationships.
The inspiration for our name Ten Thousand Villages came from a Mahatma Gandhi quote: India is not to be found in its few cities but in the 700,000 villages we have hardly always paused to query if these folks get sufficient to eat and clothe themselves with. To us, each village in the world represents a unique, distinctive people offering surprising products born of their rich cultures and traditions.
Our logo represents the values we want to invest in the name 10000 Villages. The continuous line of rooftops reminds us we are all linked together as we live on this earth. The light in the doors and windows reminds us of homes of people with whom we work in many villages. The warm red color and hand etched edge stand for the materials and methods used to make the excellence handicrafts we sell. Multiply the village idea by 10000 and it represents the world we are working to build.