Bangladesh Artisans
The World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO)

Did you know that there are 10 principles essential to fair trade? According to the The World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), “the 10 Principles of Fair Trade specify the ways that Fair Trade Enterprises are set up and behave to ensure they put people and the planet first.” At Ten Thousand Villages, we are trying to make the world a better place. Here are the ten principles that help us do just that:

Creating opportunities for economically disadvantaged producers

We create opportunities for makers in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair trading relationships.

Transparency and accountability

We always deal fairly and respectfully with our trading partners, and we strive to remain transparent with our customers. Check out this blog post for a behind the scenes look.

Capacity building

By providing consistent orders, the makers we work with can establish independence.

Promoting Fair Trade

Whether it’s in one of our stores or online, we are eager to provide customers with the stories behind our products.

Payment of a fair price

Every purchase improves the lives of makers and their families by supporting their craft and providing a fair, stable income.

Gender equity

We work with maker groups all over the world that empower women. Visit this blog post to learn more about some of the amazing women we work with, and the groups that are working towards women’s equality on a daily basis.

Working conditions

The makers we work with benefit from working in a safe and healthy environment.

Child labour

Fair Trade Organizations respect the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The environment

Many of the organizations we work with use environmentally-friendly production materials and methods. Check out this blog post to learn more about one of these groups.

Trade relations

Every design at Ten Thousand Villages is handcrafted by makers we have known and worked with for years.

When you make a purchase from Ten Thousand Villages, you become part of something more than just retail; you are part of the solution to creating a FAIR world. Visit this blog post to learn about how your purchase makes a difference.

Imagine this: One morning, you arrive at your job to find your workplace destroyed – singed, blackened and falling apart from a massive fire.

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When Bombolulu Workshops, based in Kenya, was destroyed in March, the artisans and owners were left wondering what to do next. They worried that their future was in jeopardy. The group quickly rallied – they needed help, and fast. As soon as they could, Bombolulu sent an email to each fair trade organization that purchases products from them. The subject line read, ‘FIRE OUTBREAK AT THE BOMBOLULU WORKSHOPS.’

The fire ripped through the workshop, showroom and their inventory, with total damage estimated at around $200,000 US.