2019 Year in Review | Impact | Fair Trade – The Little Market

IT IS CRITICAL TO support WOMEN TO IMPROVE THE HUMAN CONDITION

our way: investing in women through ethical sourcing + production

We envision a world in which all women have the opportunity to earn a dignified income and all consumers have the opportunity to purchase ethical products.

We envision a world in which all women have the opportunity to earn a dignified income and all consumers have the opportunity to purchase ethical products.

we choose to

invest in women

When women work, they invest 90% of their income back into their families.1 We proudly source from women, including indigenous women, refugees, young mothers, and widows, because we recognize that investing in women means investing in their children and communities.

globally about

5M

more women

are struggling with poverty than their male counterparts.2

women have only reached

68%

gender parity overall

when considering economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment.3

When women work, they invest 90% of their income back into their families.

we choose to

invest in women

We proudly source from indigenous women, young mothers, single mothers and widows, because we recognize that investing in women means investing in their children and communities.

globally about

5 MIL.

more women

are struggling with poverty than their male counterpart*.

items purchased

68%

gender parity overall

when considering economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment.

we currently carry products from more than

70 ARTISAN GROUPS in OVER 25 COUNTRIES + SOVEREIGN STATES

we currently carry products from more than

70 ARTISAN GROUPS in OVER 25 COUNTRIES + SOVEREIGN STATES

The Little Market is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the economic empowerment of women worldwide. We source from artisan groups and social enterprises in underserved communities and support their livelihoods through ethical product purchases.

 

All of the items we carry are thoughtfully designed, crafted by hand, and made following fair trade principles.

The Little Market is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the economic empowerment of women worldwide. We source from artisan groups and social enterprises in underserved communities and support their livelihoods through ethical product purchases.

 

All of the items we carry are thoughtfully designed, crafted by hand, and made following fair trade principles.

BY THE NUMBERS

See how your purchases create opportunities for artisans around the globe

SINCE 2013, TOGETHER WE ETHICALLY PURCHASED 190,418 UNITS AND GENERATED 864,929 HOURS OF DIGNIFIED WORK FOR UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES

SINCE 2013, TOGETHER WE ETHICALLY PURCHASED 190,418 UNITS AND GENERATED 864,929 HOURS OF DIGNIFIED WORK FOR UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES

THE BOTTOM LINE:

measuring our impact in 20196

that's the equivalent of

169 INDIVIDUALS

working full-time in 2019

When you shop at The Little Market, you’re supporting life-changing opportunities with every dollar you spend.

HELPING TO CLOSE THE GLOBAL POVERTY GAP

EMPOWERING WOMEN

SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES

preserving traditional techniques

spotlight: LUCHOMETIK

SUPPORTING DIGNIFIED WORK FOR INDIGENOUS WOMEN

According to the United Nations, indigenous peoples constitute only five percent of the world’s population, yet they account for 15 percent of the poorest and most marginalized communities.7 Indigenous populations, particularly women, face various forms of social discrimination and institutional marginalization based on their cultural identity. Indigenous women's limited access to meaningful income generating opportunities negatively affects the health and education outcomes of the community as a whole.

Through ethical artisanal production, indigenous women contribute to the continuity of their ancestral identity while gaining economic autonomy to send their children to school and provide them with better nutrition.

located in Chiapas, Mexico

According to the United Nations, indigenous peoples constitute only five percent of the world’s population, yet they account for 15 percent of the poorest and most marginalized communities. Indigenous populations, particularly women, face various forms of social discrimination and institutional marginalization based on their cultural identity. Indigenous women's’ limited access to meaningful income generating opportunities negatively affects the health and education outcomes of the community as a whole.

Through ethical artisanal production, indigenous women contribute to the continuity of their ancestral identity while gaining economic autonomy to send their children to school and provide them with better nutrition.

located in Chiapas, Mexico

spotlight: WOMENCRAFT

SUPPORTING INCOME OPPORTUNITIES FOR REFUGEES AND IDPS

WomenCraft has followed a peace-centered approach, connecting refugee and local women through the social enterprise and working together as one business, with one common goal. These relationships have reduced tensions between former refugees and refugee-hosting communities and have built unity in a region marred by conflict.

These women often become the main breadwinners in their households, which used to be rare based on their local traditions. Women use their incomes to support their children’s health and education; many have started new business to earn an additional income.

located in Kagera Region, Tanzania

WomenCraft has followed a peace-centered approach, connecting refugee and local women through the social enterprise and working together as one business, with one common goal. These relationships have reduced tensions between former refugees and refugee-hosting communities and have built unity in a region marred by conflict.

These women often become the main breadwinners in their households, which used to be rare based on their local traditions. Women use their incomes to support their children’s health and education; many have started new business to earn an additional income.

located in Kagera Region, Tanzania

spotlight: HOMEBOY INDUSTRIES

SUPPORTING JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR FORMERLY INCARCERATED individuals

This year The Little Market launched a new partnership with nonprofit organization Homeboy Industries. Based out of Downtown Los Angeles, Homeboy Industries is the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and reentry program in the world. Every year, it welcomes thousands of individuals for an 18-month employment and reentry program and for essential services, including case management, tattoo removal, and legal and social services.

located in California, United States

This year The Little Market launched a new partnership with non-profit organization Homeboy Industries. Based out of Downtown Los Angeles, Homeboy Industries is the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and reentry program in the world. Every year, it welcomes thousands of individuals for an 18-month employment and reentry program and for essential services, including case management, tattoo removal, and legal and social services.

located in California, United States

It really changed my whole entire life.

I was jobless before working with Razafindrabe Collections. ... I can say they were my miracle. It brought change and development in my life. Not only in terms of finances, but my mentality has also changed. I feel stronger and empowered now. The Little Market is also such a blessing to me personally.

RINAH LAINGOTIANA

artisan working with Razafindrabe Collections

 

1. International Monetary Fund, Finance & Development, ‘Gap at a Glance,’ March 2019, VOL. 56, NO. 1, accessed December 2019.

2. Clinton Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative: Empowering Girls and Women, accessed December 2019 via UN.org.

3. Clinton Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative: Empowering Girls and Women, accessed December 2019 via UN.org.

4. Figures from 2013-2018 represent purchases made during each respective calendar year. Units reported for 2013, our founding year, represent purchases made from June to December. In 2019, the reporting period for this report closed at the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2019; therefore the units reported are a partial representation of the calendar year.

5. This figure was calculated with the aid of a proxy and using data collected from each artisan group specific to its technique and production time.

6. 2019 constitutes a fiscal year reporting period spanning from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. The figure of 65,547 units represents purchases made during the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The figure of 352,163 hours was calculated with the aid of a proxy and using data collected from each artisan group specific to its technique and production time and corresponds to the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The figure of 1,185 artisans is the sum of the estimated number of artisans and producers who work on fulfilling orders for The Little Market during the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The number may be affected by technique and seasonality.

7. Indigenous communities reside in North and Latin America, the circumpolar region, northern Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Africa. According to the United Nations Educational, Scienti c and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), indigenous peoples represent the greater part of the world’s cultural diversity, maintaining almost 7,000 of the world’s languages and 5,000 different cultures. Historically, indigenous peoples have occupied the lower ranks of the social strata. UN Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Voices, Fact Sheet, accessed October, 2019.

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