Join Ten by Three’s Heartfelt Mission to Eradicate Poverty and Ignite Hope Through Sustainable Entrepreneurship 

Empowering Artisans, Transforming Lives: Your Purchase Weaves Dreams into Reality.

--> We're a 501(C)(3) nonprofit reinvesting into the lives of our artisans.

--> Artisans are paid Prosperity Wages®, earning more from us than anyone else in the world

--> Transforming lives by creating entrepreneurs with financial independence

The Ten by Three Model

Our innovative approach to eradicating extreme poverty is rooted in a powerful formula we call the Ten by Three model. This groundbreaking strategy empowers artisans to transform their lives and create lasting change in their communities. 
Here's how it works:

Ten Products

Ten by Three partners with skilled artisans, primarily basket weavers, who are living in abject poverty. We purchase 10 of their exquisitely crafted baskets, providing them with a substantial and reliable source of income.

Fair Compensation

We believe in the power of fair trade and go above and beyond to ensure our artisans receive the compensation they deserve. Ten by Three pays at least two and a half times the fair-trade price for each basket, directly impacting the artisans' lives and their ability to support their families.

Three Businesses

The real magic happens when the artisans receive payment for their 10 baskets. With this life-changing income, they are required to invest in starting three new businesses of their own. This entrepreneurial approach creates a ripple effect of sustainable economic growth within their communities.

One Woman's 
Courageous Battle 

Against the 
Giants of Poverty...

Theresa Carrington

Born to an imprisoned mother, Theresa, our visionary founder, endured unimaginable hardships during her early life in foster care. Subjected to continuous abuse, she suffered "every horror that could happen to a child," bearing unexplained scars that serve as a testament to her resilience. Despite the darkness, there was always an angel who appeared to guide her, urging her to keep going.

Years later, life dealt Theresa another devastating blow when her husband of 13 years suddenly abandoned her, leaving her to support their two children alone. In this moment of despair, Theresa's angels emerged once more, showering her with letters and cards filled with love, support, and random acts of kindness. These gestures of compassion slowly helped Theresa restore her faith and ignited a fierce determination within her—a unique drive to give back and help others the way she had been helped.

Deeply moved by her experiences, Theresa established Ten by Three with a resolute mission to uplift the world's poor. Despite facing seemingly insurmountable odds, Theresa refused to back down. Armed with nothing but her unwavering resolve and a single basket, she set out to challenge the giants of poverty and inequality. For the past 20 years, she has tirelessly dedicated herself to this cause, witnessing firsthand the profound difference sustainable entrepreneurship can make in the lives of artisans and their communities.

Breaking the Rules, Changing the Game

 When Theresa first set out to tackle poverty, she was told by a Nobel Laureate in Economics that her approach would never work. "That's not how it's done," he insisted. But Theresa knew that the conventional models were failing the very people they were meant to help.

Undeterred, she chose to break every rule in the book. She dared to put money directly into the hands of artisans, trusting them to make the best decisions for their families and communities. She challenged the notion that poverty was an unsolvable problem, and she refused to accept the status quo.

         Today, the results speak for themselves. Ten by Three’s unconventional approach has lifted thousands of artisans out of 
         poverty, proving that sometimes, breaking the rules is the only way to create real, lasting change.

Your Impact

Through your support of Ten by Three, you are not just purchasing a basket. You are investing in the dreams of these remarkable women. You are helping to lift the constraints of poverty and empower them to envision a brighter future for themselves, their families, and their communities. This is the profound, lasting impact of your partnership with Ten by Three.


Every purchase empowers artisans in developing countries with Prosperity Wages® – creating sustainable livelihoods and reducing poverty one handcrafted item at a time 

All donations greatly impact our program. Help us pay our artisans beyond fair trade wages, expand to new countries and reach more people living in extreme poverty.

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The Products 

Our baskets are more than just products; they're a testament to the skill, creativity, and resilience of our artisans. Each basket is a unique masterpiece, handcrafted with care and infused with the story of the artisan who made it. By purchasing a Ten by Three basket, you become part of this story, directly contributing to the transformation of lives and communities.

Mission and Impact Empowering Dreams: 

At Ten by Three, we believe in the power of dreams. For many of the women we work with, the weight of poverty has long constrained their vision, limiting their sight to the immediate needs of the next 24 hours. They could not see past their own hand, raised to their face. But through our partnership, a profound transformation occurs.

Gradual Expansion

As these skilled artisans begin working with Ten by Three, their perspective gradually expands. With each basket sold, with each fair payment received, their hand slowly lowers, and their gaze begins to shift. They start to see to the left, to the right, and eventually, straight ahead. A horizon of possibilities opens up before them.

A New Vision: 

After just 9 to 12 months with Ten by Three, these women can see beyond the next 24 hours. They begin to dream of starting a small chicken business, investing in a cow, or expanding their rice paddy field. They see a future where their children are educated, where their families are healthy and thriving. This is the power of empowerment.

Lasting Transformation: 

When you empower a woman to dream, she changes fundamentally. She will never go back to the limited vision she once held. Even if Ten by Three were to close its doors today, the women we have worked with, like Leonidi from Madagascar, will forever be changed. They have seen the possibilities that lie beyond the barrier of poverty, and their world has expanded in ways they never thought possible.

Uganda Village

Empowered Lives, Transformed Community: These smiling faces represent just a few of the many individuals whose lives have been changed through TenbyThree's innovative approach to ending poverty. Each person here is not just a beneficiary, but an active participant in creating a brighter future for themselves, their families, and their village

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Artisan Story

Meet Ana, a brave soul who once struggled to feed her family. Through Ten by Three’s model, Ana's life has been transformed. With the income from her baskets, she proudly started a small store, a vegetable garden, and a chicken farm. "Thanks to Ten by Three, my children now see a future beyond poverty. They see a world where their dreams can take flight," Ana shares with a beaming smile.

Empowering Artisans

By buying directly from artisans and paying them fair, livable wages, Ten by Three empowers these skilled craftspeople to take control of their own lives and break free from the cycle of poverty. Your purchase is more than just a transaction; it's an investment in the artisan's future, their family, and their community.


Unlike many organizations that rely on grants and donations, Ten by Three’s model ensures that 100% of your support goes directly to the artisans. Our transparent approach is our solemn promise to you and to the artisans we serve. With Ten by Three, you can trust that your contribution is making a real, measurable difference in the lives of those who need it most.

The Guild's Endorsement:

"Ten by Three’s commitment to transparency and direct artisan empowerment sets them apart in the fight against poverty. Their model is a shining example of how we can create lasting change, one basket at a time. We are proud to stand with Ten by Three in this mission." - The Guild

Why Ten by Three? Defying the Odds: How Ten by Three Challenges the Status Quo 

In a world where poverty has become big business, Ten by Three stands out as a beacon of integrity and transparency. Traditional methods of poverty alleviation often fall short, with money rarely reaching those who need it most due to corruption and misuse of funds. At Ten by Three, we do things differently.