Going Back to School…The Fair Way!

Lets go back to school...the fair way

Back to school season is here which means it’s time for back to school shopping! Here at Ten Thousand Villages, you can give a deeper meaning to back to school shopping by purchasing items that help create a better life for local artisans around the world!  Keep reading below to learn about a few of our favorite products, perfect for a new school year!

The Backpack


Now we all know you can’t head to class without at a proper backpack to make your hands a little less full than it already is with your jammed-pack school schedule. The Global Chic Bag shown above is a cotton woven bag that perfectly represents the culture of it’s home origin in Guatemala! The fabric used for this bag is the same fabric used for traditional Guatemalan skirts and was made by the artisan group, Ruth and Naomi, which was founded to provide employment for widows following Guatemala’s civil war!

The Lunch Bag


They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but we could easily argue that lunch is just as important! This canvas bag is as simple as it is trendy and perfect for toting along to class! Constructed and hand printed by makers from Saidpur Enterprises in Bangladesh, this bag supports education for Bangladeshi children, as each purchase funds the distribution of school uniforms for over 300 primary school children living in Saidpur, Bangladesh!

The Journal

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Take notes in style with these fun Block Print Journals made in India! These journals were handcrafted by artisan groups from the organization, Craft Resource Center (CRC). CRC provides marketing, design, finance and exporting assistance to a large number of artisan groups across India. With this assistance, artisans are able to learn special skills needed for the workplace and can further build a better life for themselves and their families.

The Bookmark


Make studying a little more fun with this Blue Bliss Bookmark set! Handmade by artisans of Sacred Mark, a workshop of artisan group Prokritee in Bangladesh, these bookmarks are a MUST on your back to school shopping list. With the purchase of this set, you are supporting women who have broken away from the sex trade and now make a living by transforming recycled saris into colorful art and gifts.

That’s it for our back to school post. Be sure to stop by our store located on Burnet Road to check out the products mentioned above, as well as the rest of the AMAZING products in our store!

Wishing you all the best on a new school year!

 (photos courtesy of tenthousandvillages.com)