It Takes A Village (+ discount code)

Happy Earth Day! It takes a village to create change. A village of like minded people working towards a common good. A village of people to support one another, to encourage, and to challenge, and to build each other up.
We would like to introduce you to Ten Thousand Villages. Ten Thousand Villages is an exceptional source for unique handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art and sculpture, textiles, serveware and personal accessories representing the diverse cultures of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. One of the world’s largest fair trade organizations and a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), the company strives to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries. 
Ten Thousand Villages accomplishes this by establishing a sustainable market for handmade products in North America, and building long term buying relationships in places where skilled artisan partners lack opportunities for stable income. Product sales help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed.
Their Essential Companion Tote is my new favorite Farmers Market accessory Handmade by Rishilpi International Handicrafts. Rishilpi, a nonprofit, nongovernmental development organization in southwest Bangladesh, was founded to improve the lives of people of the Rishi caste. “Rishilp” is formed from two Bengali words, “Rishi,” denoting the caste, and “shilpi,” meaning artist or craftsman. Rishi, traditionally leather workers, for centuries have lived at the margins of Bengali society. Generally landless, with no easy access to schools, many struggled in a continual search for work to survive. In addition to income generation, Rishilpi conducts relief and development work in rural Bangladesh communities. Benefits to artisans include education sponsorship, health care, microcredit savings programs and early marriage prevention support for their adolescent daughters. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Rishilpi International Handicrafts since 1983.
Rishilpi International Handicrafts also made this beautiful date palm basket. I took it to our trees outside and filled it to the brim with lemons and kumquats. 
The majority of their goods are produced in the most environmentally friendly way possible—by hand. Many artisans recycle materials such as newspaper, post-consumer magazines and glass to create innovative and functional products. Their product line includes a wide range of items made with natural materials, from bamboo to water weeds. Groups source renewable, natural materials to keep resources in balance. They encourage artisans to use local raw materials whenever possible, and many artisans use natural dyes.
They are also launching an exciting new collection of eco-friendly and nature inspired items. 
And if all that goodness weren’t enough, Ten Thousand Villages has set a goal to plant 10,000 trees in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation! You can click here to donate and help them meet their goal for sustainability and positive change! 
The last thing to swoon over is this stunning handmade Springtime Floral napkins, by Asha Handicrafts Association.  
A fair trade organization, Asha represents more than 6,500 artisans in 10 states of India. The association’s name, meaning “hope” in Sanskrit, represents its goal to sustain the marketing ability of individual and family–based artisans. A not–for–profit organization, Asha works to ensure that benefits of handicraft production reach the craftspeople themselves. Asha promotes sustainability and helps eliminate producer debt through direct purchases and advance payments. Producer benefits include educational assistance for children, medical checkups and treatment, a health center at Saharanpur, savings programs for artisans and spouses, nonformal education projects and relief–related social projects. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Asha since 1976.
Other Fair trade and ethical brands in the post! Dress: Threads for Thought {$20.00} // Shoes: Nisolo

Our wonderful friends at Ten Thousand Villages have given our readers a discount code! Use code: LLLOVE25 to get 25% off 1 regularly priced item. The code expires on 5/22/16, so use it quick! This discount can’t be combined with other discounts, or used on ‘traveler’s finds’ (our exclusive fine art collection).
We can’t thank companies like this one enough for the beauty they bring into this world, in so many ways.  Beautiful products, beautiful way of helping others, beautiful way of sustaining our Earth’s resources so the beauty that is there can last as long as possible.  Happy Earth Day, and thank you. 
LLLove,
Jen & Jess

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  • 1 year ago

    نقدمها لعملائنا بالرياض فنحن نقدم لكمافضل شركة تنظيف كنب بالرياض حيث نقدم لكم خدمات نقل الاثاث في مدينة الرياض نقوم بنقل الاثاث بافضل الطرق الحديثة بالاضافة الي ان تقوم بتكسير الاثاث بالكامل فنحن نقدم لكم شركة نقل عفش خارج الرياضكما اننا نقوم بتسليك المجاري بالرياض بافضل بجميع انواعها يتوفر لدينا افضل انواع المعدات الحديثة نقوم بتسليك مجاري المطبخ بالرياض و كذلك البالوعات من ناحية رش المبيدات فنحن نقوم رش مبيدات قوية قادرة علي قتل الحشرات فاذا كنت تريد شركة لرش المبيدات القوية فعليك زيارة الرابط التالي نقوم بتنظيف شركة تخزين عفش بالرياض بافضل الادوات الموجودة في الاسواق نقوم بتنظيف الكنب بمواد تنظيف قوية جدا نقوم بغسيل الكنب فعليك ان تكون حذر اثناء القيام بتنظيف الكنب فنحن نقوم بتنظيف الكنب باقل الاسعار فنحن نقوم بتقديم الخدمة امامكشركة تنظيف كنب بالرياض نقوم بمكافحة الحشرات بافضل انواع المبيدات التي من الممكن ان تقوم بقتل الفئران و الصرصيركما اننا نقدم لكم ايضا خدمة تسليك المجاري فنحن افضل شركة افضل شركة لتنظيف الكنب بالمملكة العربية السعودية و بجميع مدنها بالكامل نقوم بتنظيف الكنب بافضل المواد الموجودة بالاسواق كما اننا نوفرشركة رش مبيدات شمال الرياض لكم الضمان الكامل لتلك العملية الصعبة و الشاقة اذا كنت تريد شركة لكشف تسربات المياه او تسربات الغاز فتفضل الان شركة المنارة افضل شركة تنظيف مسابح بالرياض و ايضا بالمملكة العربية السعودية توفر لكم افضل معدات التنظيف التي ينتج عن استخدامها نسبة نجاح تصل الي 99% فنحن الطيب شركة رش مبيدات بجدة نعترف بذلك فتفضل بزيارة قسم غسيل المسابحان من الناس الذين يروا ان شركة الطيب افضل شركة كشف تسربات المياه فاننا ايضا افضل شركة لمعالجة ارتفاع فاتورة المياه بالريا و بالمملكة العربية السعوديةشركة جلي رخام بالرياضاذا كنت تريد نظافة مضمونة لبيتك فعليك ان تقوم بزيارة الرابط التالي لان شركة الطيب افضل شركة تنظيف منازل تنظيف مسابح بالرياضشكرا لكم عملائنا الكرام علي تقييمك للشركة
    شركة الطيب تعتبر افضل شركة تنظيف كنب بالرياض و بالدمام و بجدة و بمكة و بالخرج و بجميع انحاء المملكة العربية السعودية عزيزي العميل ان الطيب تنظيف كنب بالرياض
    اتصل الان علي الطيب افضل شركة للخدمات المنزلية بالرياض و بالمملكة العربية السعودية

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