About Fair Trade

You have arrived at the blog of Austin’s Ten Thousand Villages store, one of the network of 160 fair trade stores in the U.S. and Canada. We are located on South Congress Avenue just a couple miles from the capitol building.

A leader in the fair trade movement, Ten Thousand Villages has 60 years of experience as a nonprofit providing fair wages, working capital and a North American market for artisans in more than 30 countries around the world. More about the Austin store in this post.


What is fair trade?

1. A Fair Price
We work with artisans from Asia, Africa and Latin America to set the prices for all of their products, covering labor, materials and a livelihood with dignity.

2. Cash Advances & Prompt Final Payments
Artisans receive up to 50 percent in cash advances when an order is placed and payment in full when an order is shipped. This way, artisans avoid spiraling into debt.

3. Long-term Relationships
We maintain long-term relationships and continuity of orders so that artisans can plan for the future.

4. Cultural & Environmental Sustainability
We carry handicrafts that reflect and reinforce rich cultural traditions, and which use sustainable and recycled resources such as bamboo, soda cans and newspaper.