TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES | Fair Trade Products that Connect us to the Global Village

written by JILL May 3, 2017

The oldest, largest and perhaps most well known Fair Trade organization in North America, Ten Thousand Villages sells home decor, various gifts, jewelry and accessories from all over the world. Ten Thousand Villages is a proud member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), which is a unified alliance of small businesses, and fair trade organizations from the Global South and the Global North.

They sell everything from jewelry, to home goods and accessories and have several brick and mortar shops all around North America. I think it’s sometimes an overlooked company because at least I know when I was growing up I always saw a lot of grannies shopping at Ten Thousand Villages and never knew how cool of a shop it really was until I stepped foot into one. I’ve found some amazing pieces in there since then and I can say it’s definitely not just an old granny shop!

Promoting Artisans in Developing Countries

Ten Thousand Villages creates opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair trading relationships.”

There are basic human rights and freedoms that every person, man, women, and child have a right too. According to Amnesty USA, a few of these basic rights are the right to live, to be free, the right to education, the right to work and receive a fair wage and the right to food and clean drinking water. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the very base of the international system which protects human rights and was adopted by the United Nations in 1948. The goal is to establish a vision for human dignity.

A continuation of this goal of human dignity is the concept of Fair Trade. Fair Trade is about establishing fair prices, decent working conditions and a fair working relationship between artisans and suppliers. Fair Trade establishes respect for artisans and provides hope to these artisans for a better future through hard work and fair compensation for their skilled work. To learn a little more about Fair Trade check out these ten principles from the WFTO that define Fair Trade.

Ten Thousand Villages helps promote and establish this idea of fair trade by creating healthy business relationships with artisans across the world. What I love about how Ten Thousand Villages works, is that they partner with all kind of organizations and small business owners/artisans directly to purchases the pieces they sell and believe that the products sold are more than just pieces to purchase, they tell stories and connect us globally. Their ABOUT page is chocked full of information and graphics telling us exactly how their partnerships work, what their goals are and their mission behind this brand.

I love this line that they write…

Ten Thousand Villages is more than a store. It’s a place where you can explore and connect with your global village.

* This page contains affiliate links 


Native Spirit Necklace 

Ethically sourced, handcrafted in India by Asha Handicrafts Association. The association’s name ‘Asha’ means ‘hope’ which is fitting as their goal is to help build a sustainable community for their artisans. To read more about this organization CLICK HERE





Whirling Fortunes Bracelet Silver

This bracelet was made in Kenya by artisans working with Trinity Jewelry Crafts. They work together as a collective community to share profits, make decisions and profit from pension and saving programs. It was founded in 1984 and the founder believes that providing economic opportunity rather than handouts by the government or charities is the most effective and helpful way to address poverty. To read more about them CLICK HERE





Mothers Day Sale (BUY 1 GET 1 50% off all Jewelry use code: BOGO50)

Check out Ten Thousand Villages Mothers Day Sale. They have all jewelry on their site for buy one get one 50% off until May 14, 2017. *US Residents only.

Click below to shop their jewelry and MORE


This post was sponsored by Ten Thousand Villages. All opinions are our own and written honestly. At Sutton + Grove we feature brands and businesses that we truly love and believe fit within a conscious lifestyle. Read More HERE


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