Ten Thousand Villages is an exceptional source for handmade gifts including jewelry, home and garden decor, instruments and personal accessories representing the diverse cultures of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.
Ten Thousand Villages strives to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 38 developing countries around the world by establishing a sustainable market for handmade products in North America, and by building long term buying relationships in places where skilled artisan partners lack opportunities for stable income. Product sales help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed.
Ten Thousand Villages encourages artisan partners to use environmentally friendly processes, sustainable natural resources and recycled materials to ensure each product offered has been crafted responsibly. Ten Thousand Villages is an independent nonprofit, charitable organization.