Origin Story

In 2002, amid personal challenges, Theresa discovered the profound power of support and encouragement through a simple yet transformative practice. Surrounded by adversity, it was the notes, cards, and pictures lovingly sent by her friends and family that became her beacon of hope. These heartfelt tokens of support were carefully preserved in what Theresa affectionately termed her "Blessing Basket." This basket was not just an ordinary container; it was a vessel of strength and encouragement, which she turned to daily for inspiration and courage.

Driven by a desire to share this powerful source of motivation with others, Theresa took to the stage, speaking at conferences and organizations. She shared her story, her struggles, and how the Blessing Basket played a pivotal role in her journey towards resilience and empowerment. Her message resonated deeply, sparking a desire in many women to have their own Blessing Basket—a symbol of support and a tangible reminder that they are not alone.

Moved by the overwhelming interest and the potential to empower others, Theresa embarked on a mission to create more than just baskets. She envisioned a connection that went beyond the physical product; a connection that touched the lives of both the makers and the recipients in meaningful ways. Theresa sought to ensure that these baskets would not only serve as vessels of hope and encouragement but also as a bridge between cultures and communities. She was determined to ensure that the artisans crafting these baskets were fairly compensated, breaking the cycle of exploitation by eliminating the middleman. This vision led to the creation of a movement that celebrates the artistry and humanity behind each basket, transforming everyday objects into symbols of love, support, and mutual respect.

Theresa's journey from personal adversity to empowering others through the Blessing Basket is a testament to the power of community, compassion, and the enduring strength of the human spirit. Join us in this movement of love, support, and empowerment, one basket at a time.

Theresa with Artisans

From Baskets to Beyond: The Evolution of Blessing Basket to Ten by Three

Finding a direct path to impoverished artisans around the world was a journey that spanned more than a year. By the summer of 2003, this perseverance bore fruit as the first major shipment of Blessing Baskets arrived, turning The Blessing Basket Project® vision into a tangible reality. This was more than a milestone; it was a beacon of hope, symbolizing a bridge built between distant communities and the global marketplace.

For over a decade, The Blessing Basket Project thrived, forging connections that extended far and wide. Artisans from across the globe, skilled in the craft of basket weaving, found a voice and a platform through this initiative. The project's reach and impact grew, eventually embracing artisans of a wide array of handmade goods beyond baskets. This expansion wasn't just growth; it was evolution.

In 2018, a pivotal discovery was made—a formula that encapsulated the essence of the project's incredible success. This moment of revelation led to a significant transformation: The Blessing Basket Project was officially renamed to Ten by Three®. This new name catapulted the sustainable formula that underpinned the project's achievements into the spotlight, magnifying its ethos and mission. It was a rebranding that signaled a broader vision, extending the organization's impact beyond baskets to a wider spectrum of artisanal goods.

Theresa's journey, from the inception of The Blessing Basket Project to the evolution into Ten by Three®, reflects an unyielding commitment to empowerment and sustainable development. She continues to pay it forward, day in and day out, empowering artisans with not just the means to earn, but the opportunity to flourish. Through progressive technology and thought leadership, Theresa and Ten by Three® are creating ripples of change, offering artisans around the world the chance to make a better life for themselves and their communities. This narrative isn't just about baskets or goods; it's a testament to the power of vision, perseverance, and the human spirit's capacity to transform lives through compassion and innovation.