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    About Us

    At Ten Thousand Villages, every handmade gift does a world of good.

    Find jewelry, scarves and handbags; tableware, textiles and baskets; home accents, art and sculpture, all ethically sourced. From communities throughout the developing world, every inspired design is crafted by hand using unique materials and time-honored skills by makers we have known and worked with for years. Even the smallest treasure has a big impact. Every purchase improves the lives of makers by supporting their craft and providing a fair, stable income.

    Ten Thousand Villages has been changing lives since 1946 by creating opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long term fair trading relationships. As the world’s fair trade pioneer, we do business differently, committed to eco-friendly practices, microfinancing, fair pricing and skill building and empowering marginalized communities to break the cycle of poverty.

    Today 20,000 makers in 30 countries are safely employed, earning fair and consistent wages that allow them to provide for basic needs, send their children to school, build savings and plan for the future.

    At Ten Thousand Villages in Portsmouth, you can be part of this story. Together we change lives around the world. Come explore and connect with your global village.