Artisan crafts can spruce up anything, from average human living rooms to drab wolf dens, as evidenced by the handcrafted batiks draped over Teen Wolf posters in every American home. For $10, today's Groupon gets you $20 worth of fair-trade goods at Ten Thousand Villages in Pasadena.
Working with artisans in developing countries who would otherwise be underemployed, Ten Thousand Villages supplies handicraft lovers with handcrafted jewelry, home décor, accessories, and gifts from Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, paying artisans fair wages for their products. YWCA Craft Centre's bright and goosy Super Duck backpack (Bangladesh, $18), which allows school children to strut confidently into second grade and lawyers to swagger into the courtroom with a duck on their backs. Socially conscious crafters can take home a hand-stitched measuring-tape cat (Vietnam, $8) from Mai Vietnamese Handicrafts, and frugal fashionistas can sport dancing-girl earrings made from recycled soda cans by KICK Trading Ltd. (Kenya, $12).
As one of the founding members of the World Fair Trade Organization, Ten Thousand Villages empowers artisan groups from more than 38 countries with fair wages and long-term buying relationships. Every purchase helps pay for food, education, and healthcare for those that create Ten Thousand Villages' products, fostering a positive partnership between artist and consumer.
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