ten thousand villages

ten thousand village logo

Ten Thousand Villages may have invented the fair trade model. Founded in 1946, the company “strives to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries” by buying their goods at fair prices and selling them in the United States. Additionally, their business model makes it possible for skilled craftspeople to earn an income in their field rather than abandon it for higher paying, less gratifying work elsewhere. Ten Thousand Villages has been consistently ranked one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute (there are some surprising names on the list, so check it out).

The company has a number of retail locations across the country (including one in Charlottesville) where they sell home goods, figurines, textiles, jewelry, and accessories. It’s a lovely little place to peruse and their items make great gifts. Unlike some of the stores I’ve featured here, I’m quite familiar with Ten Thousand Villages. We bought most of our ornaments there last Christmas and I even thought about working in my local shop.

Below are a few of my favorite items from their online catalog. I also highly recommend their Equal Exchange coffee and chocolate selection.

ten thousand villages

image sources: birdhouse, wall art, tapestry, teapot
Advertisements

About Leah

I have a vintage clothing company called Platinum & Rust (.com). I'm also passionate about fair trade and sustainability issues; I work at a fair trade, organic coffee shop and blog about sustainable fashion at StyleWiseGuide.com.
This entry was posted in Retailers and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s