This year alone, we generated nearly 50% more hours than last year for a total of 231,773 hours of dignified work2 for artisans and producers around the world.

Women fall through the cracks — they earn less than men, they work in precarious, sometimes unsafe, conditions and Covid continues to reinforce these inequalities. Our solution to global gender gaps in safe and dignified employment is simple: We connect underserved and marginalized women with opportunities for safe, empowering, and sustainable ways to make a living wage and to support themselves and their families.

Through our partnerships with artisan and producer groups, we develop unique products that honor local customs and traditions and connect artisans with a global marketplace of consumers, creating opportunities for skill building, financial empowerment, and independence.

From 2019 to 2020, we reached a huge milestone of one million hours of dignified work created for artisans all over the world. At the end of 2020, we formed our in-house production team to make our sugar scrubs, a crucial moment in The Little Market’s history. This is our first in-house product, and each sugar scrub is hand-blended with all-natural ingredients by individuals in Los Angeles who are at the forefront of the anti-human trafficking movement working to create empowered futures and advance human rights.

Outside of the skill development and fair wages that our sugar scrub partnerships facilitate, one of the most impactful aspects of the program is a constant focus on telling the stories of our partner artisan and producer groups in a way that decenters their trauma and reframes their narrative from a space of victimhood to one of leadership and empowerment.

Outside of the skill development and fair wages that our sugar scrub partnerships facilitate, one of the most impactful aspects of the program is a constant focus on telling the stories of our partner artisan and producer groups in a way that decenters their trauma and reframes their narrative from a space of victimhood to one of leadership and empowerment.

We are thrilled to introduce you to Ima, Jess, Tzighe, Veronica, and Yeni. They are central to our sugar scrub program and have all worked with our team to share their stories, experiences, and skill sets. We are honored to have them as members of The Little Market family.

Ima is an internationally recognized human rights activist who has spoken at the United Nations and at various international conferences and symposia. She is now also proud to think of herself as an artisan. She is a single mother of three, so she deeply values the ability to work independently and flexibly.

Tzighe also moved to the U.S. in search of better work opportunities. She was brought to the U.S. by a labor trafficker who confiscated her passport, prevented her from contacting her family, and did not pay her for her work. She endured this abuse for three years, but she managed to escape and was supported to build a new life through the kindness of a stranger who later became her dear friend and chosen family. Tzighe finds joy in making the sugar scrubs and in having a job.

Yeni came to the U.S. through an employment recruiter who promised her a well-paid position in the garment industry. She quickly learned that the contract was fabricated and that she was a victim of labor trafficking. She described her past working life as “experiences of exploitation.” Once she escaped from the force, fraud, and coercion of her situation, despite struggling to get access to information and resources, she taught herself new skills to survive.

Jess wears many hats: They are a community development specialist, an activist, a parent, a maker, and a writer. They love that their work at The Little Market brings together the things they love. Jess and their mother were displaced from El Salvador when Jess was a child escaping violence and oppression, and they came to the U.S. hoping to build a better life.

Born in Latin America, Veronica lived separated from her mother in the U.S. until she was 12 years old. She is proud to be an artisan at The Little Market and particularly loves that the sugar scrubs she made can be found in our Palisades storefront. She appreciates what comes with this job — a flexible schedule, freedom and dignity, and a safe community that recognizes and accommodates her needs in a secure and empowering environment.

From December 10, 2020 to June 30, 2021, our in-house production team produced 6,328 sugar scrubs, creating more than 1,000 hours of dignified work.

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It’s been a year of gratitude and achievement at The Little Market, as we provided 231,773 hours of dignified work for more than 65 artisan and producer groups in 25 countries and sovereign states around the world.

It’s been a year of gratitude and achievement at The Little Market, as we provided 231,773.61 hours of dignified work for artisan and producer groups in 26 countries and sovereign states around the world.

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1 This figure was calculated with the aid of a proxy and using data collected from each artisan and producer group specific to its technique and production time. The reporting period begins in June 2013 and concludes on June 30, 2021.

2 This number spans from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 and does not include the hours generated by 15 groups. At the time of writing, we had not been able to calculate these hours.

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