Ten Thousand Villages makes a difference in the world

Ten Thousand Villages’ ethical artisan investment model puts the maker first. Unlike many retailers, our model is designed to give artisans from developing countries the opportunity to develop financial stability and escape the cycle of poverty. A commitment to fair-wage pricing, interest-free microfinance investments, strong partnerships, and full payment before export are just some of the ways Ten Thousand Villages empowers artisans.

$99M in international artisan investments over the last 16 years

30+ developing countries

20K+ artisans

60% of artisans are women

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