My Lou: St. Louis woman helps others out of poverty

Artisans in eight underserved countries make baskets and receive welfare wages that go beyond fair trade

ST. LOUIS – Many charities in the St. Louis area have been hard hit financially as a result of the pandemic.

But Theresa Carrington is not giving up trying to make a difference in the world. She is the driving force behind the non-profit Ten by Three. She is passionate about helping disadvantaged people.

“You can’t look in the eyes of someone in a developing country who needs help and is not moved,” Carrington told 5 On Your Side.

She was so moved that she changed her lifestyle with “less than a thousand dollars for my name,” she said.

Carrington started blessing baskets. The charity is now called Ten Times Three. The woven baskets in the camp of the non-profit organization are seen as a way out of poverty.

“There is life behind each of these products. People whose life is better because people are buying them, ”she said.

When 5 On Your Side visited Carrington in March, the camp was full.

“We sold 2,000 products in 2004 and today we sell nearly 60,000 products annually,” said Carrington.

Craftsmen in eight underserved countries make the baskets. They receive welfare wages that go beyond fair trade.

“Our model ensures that the craftsman and the person we help have skin in the game. You are making a worthy journey of our poverty. This is not a handout, ”she said.

The craftsmen are not anonymous either. Each basket has a card and ID code so the buyer can learn more about the person who made it.

“We were honored by the United Nations for this unique technology and the bringing together of cultures,” she said.

In many ways, Carrington said she could relate to their stories.

“I grew up in this country beyond the poverty line. I was an orphan until I was eight years old. I know what it’s like to feel outside.

“I want to be able to look back on my hash and I want to be able to say, ‘well done’. You have to do something,” she said.

Many thanks to Rene Knott for publishing this piece just in time to help us promote our virtual gala and auction. …

Posted by Ten by Three on Wed Sep 30th, 2020

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