Angel Website of the Month
Ten Thousand Villages
Discover a World That Makes a Difference
At Ten Thousand Villages, we work with over 100 artisan groups in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to bring you fair trade jewelry, home decor, gifts and more. As one of the world's oldest and largest fair trade organizations, we build long-term relationships with artisans that are based on mutual understanding and respect. Fair trade enables artisans to earn a fair wage and provides the opportunity for a better quality of life.
What Fair Trade Means to Artisans
Bringing Hope, Dignity, Joy and Respect
Many artisans tell us that fair trade brings them much more than regular work and fair pay. They begin to see hope for the future, earn dignity and respect in their community and experience joy in being able to provide for their families:
Fair Trade Means Hope Shantha Lakshmi is a palm leaf artisan who is a member of the artisan group called SHARE near the town of Vellore in Tamil Nadu, southern India.
Fair Trade Means Dignity
Lucio Malhue is a potter in his brotherís workshop in Pomaire, Chile.
Fair Trade Means Joy
Making kaisa grass baskets brings joy to Kalpana Rani in Hazigonj, Bangladesh.
A Worldwide Movement
Ten Thousand Villages is part of a worldwide movement striving to practice fair trade. We are one of over 300 IFAT members in 70 countries. IFAT members agree that fair trade is an alternative approach to conventional international trade. It is a trading partnership aimed at sustainable development for excluded and disadvantaged producers. It seeks to do this by providing better trading conditions, by raising awareness and by campaigning.
The IFAT key principles of fair trade include:
As a member of IFAT, Ten Thousand Villages signs an annual document confirming that we subscribe to these principles of fair trade and to the IFAT code of practice. In addition, we complete a regular self-evaluation for IFAT and will participate in the random audit process that IFAT is establishing for its members.
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