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. Liven up your den with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of fair-trade goods at Ten Thousand Villages in Market Square. This Groupon is good for in-store purchases only and cannot be used toward perishables such as coffee, tea, and chocolate.
Working with artisans in developing countries who would otherwise be underemployed, Ten Thousand Villages supplies handicraft lovers with handcrafted jewelry, home decor, accessories, and gifts from Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, while paying artisans fair wages for their products.
Support marginalized women in Bangladesh with YWCA Craft Centre's bright and goosy Super Duck backpack, which allows schoolchildren to strut confidently into second grade and medical malpractice lawyers to swagger into the courtroom with a duck on their backs ($18). Socially conscious crafters can take home a hand-stitched measuring-tape cat from Mai Vietnamese Handicrafts ($8), and frugal fashionistas can sport dancing-girl earrings made from recycled soda cans by Kenya's KICK Trading Ltd. ($12) or a marbled-bead choker from TARA Projects in India ($16).
Ten Thousand Villages takes its inspiration from menacing Indian hockey forward Mahatma Gandhi, who said, "India is not to be found in a few cities, but in the 700,000 villages." 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 health care for those who create Ten Thousand Villages' products, fostering a positive partnership between artist and consumer.
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