Today marks the One Year Anniversary of The Little Market!
As we reflect on the past year, we are reminded of how this journey began. We had traveled together quite a bit—to Bali, El Salvador, Tanzania, and Uganda—and it was in the midst of these travels that The Little Market was dreamt up.
We always loved exploring the local markets. The amazing, vibrant hard-working women we met along the way were creating unbelievably beautiful handmade products. Two things always struck us: (1) these were products we knew our friends at home would love and purchase if they could, and (2) the women artisans we met all conveyed their determination and desire to support themselves and their families.
So we started The Little Market to empower women artisans around the world. We thought we might be able to create a larger marketplace so these artisans could continue to create their products and make a living wage. In addition, it would give customers the opportunity to purchase unique, handmade pieces from around the world and directly support the artisans who made them.
When we first launched a year ago, we were working with eight artisan groups, based in five countries.
Now, we work with 23 artisan partners from 15 countries all over the world. These artisan groups are collectively employing close to 6,000 artisans.
Beyond the statistics, however, it’s the stories we’ve heard from our partners that resonate the most. Since we started, one of our partners in Mexico was able to hire back gifted artisans who had been laid off when there was not sufficient work. During a conversation with one of the artisans in Guatemala, she told us that the sales of the bracelets she made was allowing her to send her children to school; it would be the first generation in her family to graduate high school.
None of this would be possible without you—our customers and supporters. With every purchase, you are providing meaningful support and income for the artisans and their families. On behalf of all of the artisans whose lives you have impacted, thank you.
Hannah + Lauren