Majada Katun of Bangladesh stands in rice fields she purchased with earnings from Ten by Three.
Our Prosperity Wages® model ensures artisans are paid more for their products by Ten by Three than by anyone else in the world.
With sufficient wages and access to the global market, entrepreneurial minded artisans are able to start their own businesses.
Prosperity Wages are paid to the artisan in their home village so they never have to travel, and all wages are paid in full at the time products are collected. When possible, we even deliver payment digitally to them.
Artisans are free to use the money as they wish, but they must agree to start 3 small businesses. This income will sustain them long after they have graduated from our program.
Adombila shows off her 3 businesses: cows, goats & sheep. Today, she has successfully completed our Graduate From Poverty model and is living a life of prosperity.
Graduates in Jhikargacha, Bangladesh, enjoy the festivities that accompany every graduation ceremony.
Graduate from Poverty
Helping each and every one of our artisans become an entrepreneur who earns enough to build their own businesses is at the core of our exclusive Graduate from Poverty® model.
Through this model, an artisan will move from poverty to prosperity in about three years. They are ready to graduate when they focus more on their businesses than on weaving. Each artisan is thoroughly screened before graduating to ensure success.
Because of this model, we are continually finding and training new artisans. It’s more challenging than most fair trade operations, but we know that creating financial independence is in the best interest of those we serve.
On graduation day, artisans stand before their family and community to declare that they are free from the constraints of poverty and ready to independently run their businesses. During this empowering ceremony, each graduate is pinned with a name badge and given a certificate, items often used to prove their business savvy to local banks and microlending programs.
The Ripple Effect
The ripple effect that starts with the purchase of a single Ten by Three product expands to transform entire communities in the areas we serve.
Take Latif of Ghana. His Prosperity Wages helped him make it through our Graduate from Poverty program and start a life of prosperity. Now, he’s paying it forward and doing what he can to give those in his community the same opportunity.
Latif installs new power lines for our community in Nyariga, Ghana, after graduating from Ten by Three.