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Ten by Three® reduces poverty in developing countries by using our unique Prosperity Wages® model to pay for artisan products. This exclusive patent pending financial model creates a cycle of entrepreneur driven growth resulting in permanent financial independence for the artisan.
Nonprofit & Beyond Fair Trade
Ten by Three® is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that believes the rural poor in developing countries are quite capable of pulling themselves out of poverty. We use a financial model that we have been perfecting for more than a decade. Our exclusive model allows artisans to earn significantly more than fair trade wages for their products.
With every basket purchased, Ten by Three Prosperity Wages model is being used to pay our artisans. This portion of the profit is significantly higher than fair trade wages, in some countries reaching more than six times fair trade. Read more about our Prosperity Wages model here.
Why not Fair Trade Certified?
Because we’re BEYOND Fair Trade.
Did you know most ‘fair trade’ vendors are not actually fair trade? That they pay for official certifications that are often loosely verified?
Most importantly, did you know the majority of fair trade vendors have no direct connection with the artisans making the products, and therefore, they are not in control of the actual unfair wages these artisans get? Or their lack of human rights and safe working conditions?
Ten By Three is different.
Our artisan connection has been recognized by the United Nations. We don’t deal with a middleman. We work directly with our artisans and pay them at least 2.5 times the typical fair trade wages. Plus, our program goes well beyond giving artisans enough for basic food and necessities. We promote financial independence through entrepreneurship. At the end of our program, each artisan has enough funds to open 3 small businesses thanks to our commitment to purchase 10 baskets a month.
Our focus is also on the communities as a whole. We’ve built schools and water wells and donated educational supplies and medical equipment. The photos and artisan stories you see on our website are not given to us as marketing materials. They are the real-life experiences of our founder and CEO Theresa Carrington visiting and working with these talented women and men.
Our new name Ten by Three was inspired by the Prosperity Wages formula we pioneered. When we purchase 10 products a month from an artisan over the course of a few years, our artisans are able to fund 3 businesses of their own and reach a sustainable end to poverty. In honor of this groundbreaking formula, our new name represents our expanding range of products.
Our Technology & Models
To truly understand Ten by Three, you need to know more about our founder Theresa Carrington. She considers herself an ordinary person, who on an ordinary day decided to ensure good really can come from a bad situation.
- Olin Cup – Washington University in St. Louis (2004)
- Developing Innovative Solutions Award – Focus St. Louis (2005)
- Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award – SSDN in St. Louis (2006)
- The Global Growth Award – St. Louis World Trade Center (2007)
- Women Influencing Now Award (2008)
- St. Louis Award (2008)
- Woman on the Rise Award – Illinois State Treasurer’s Office (2009)
- Madison County Illinois Recognition (2010)
- Social Enterprise Day Declaration (2011)
- Humanitarian of the Year SIUE (2013)
- 25 Most Influential – St. Louis Business Journal (2013)
- Emmy Award – St. Louis Mid America Chapter (2013)
- YWCA NonProfit Leader (2013)
- PR Daily Best ReBranding (2015)
- GS1 Supplier Excellence Nominee (2015)
- 100 Most Influential Global Leader (Nov. 2015)
- United Nations Intercultural Innovation Award (2016)
- GS1 Small Business Standards Success Award (2016)
- Emmy Award – St. Louis Mid America Chapter (2016)
- Queen Mother of Development Zaare, Ghana Enskinning (2016)