Meet The Little Market: a fair trade shop that connects consumers to artisans from around the world. This shop gives you the opportunity to connect with different artists from countries around the world and integrate new and exciting pieces of art or products into your own home. Did we mention it’s also a non-profit?
Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla began The Little Market as a way to empower women across the world to follow their passions and dreams of being a business owner and artist. There is a huge focus on lifting marginalized communities and individuals and giving them a fair opportunity to express their voice through the goods they make. Through The Little Market, women are encouraged to express themselves by utilizing traditional techniques and styles of art that preserve their voice and cultural identity. These artisans have the opportunity to work in a safe and stress-free environment: that’s right, no abuse or discrimination. They learn to live self-dependent lifestyles and are paid fairly for their work. The Little Market also believes that it is important to use sustainable products that are eco-friendly and environmentally conscious.
The Little Market
Our mission is to build sustainable partnerships with artisans from around the world, by connecting them with customers through our fair trade shop. We seek to empower female artisans to rise above poverty and support their families.
Our handmade goods showcase the artisans’ traditional skills and their dedication to preserving their artisanal techniques. We source all of the artisans’ products ethically and practice fair trade principles. We acknowledge the interdependency of people around the world and our responsibility to help others.
Organizations like The Little Market gives voiceless individuals in a society a megaphone for them to share their unique voice and talents. The social justice aspect of The Little Market allows underprivileged and marginalized individuals in countries around the world an opportunity to life themselves up and begin to create a name for themselves. As these artisans work with The Little Market, they are able to say that they built a sustainable lifestyle for themselves that brings food to the table and keeps the lights on. For many, this is a unique opportunity that would not be afforded to them without the guidance of The Little Market.
Each product in the shop comes with a story about the artisans that created it. The shop features beautiful hand-woven baskets from Bolga Basket Weavers in Ghana, brightly colored Mexican serape blankets from Camaxtl in Mexico, and one-of-a-kind woven yoga bags from the women of Awamaki in Peru. There are dozens of specially created goods from unique cultures. You’ll end up with a piece that not only brings a smile to your face, but also reminds you that is important to empower yourself and support your community.
You can feel great about shopping at The Little Market knowing that they are an “independent nonprofit, charitable organization [501(c)3]”. Basically, this means that all of the profits generated by the company are used to support their artisans and grow the artisan community.