About TTV: Ten Thousand Villages is a pioneer of fair trade. The original TTV effort (called Overseas Needlework and Craft) was founded by Edna Ruth Byler as a program of the Mennonite Central Committee. In the late 1940s, Byler traveled to Puerto Rico and met women who were unable to feed their children. She asked them if she could take their needlework art and textiles back to Ohio, sell them, and send the profits back to them. Thus sparked the idea for a global maker-to-market movement. TTV is clear in its mission to break the cycle of generational poverty and ignite lasting, positive social change. They encourage people to shop with intention for ethically sourced products and to find joy in supporting makers in thousands of villages around world. At TTV, you can trust that every purchase directly impacts the life and community of its maker in a developing country.
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