The story of The Little Market begins with a friendship. In 2006, we met while studying at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) and quickly connected over our shared love of design, wanderlust and desire to empower women. Taking our friendship on the road, we explored the colorful,local markets of Bali and El Salvador and became immediately inspired. We met amazing, vibrant, hard-working women who were creating beautiful products–products we loved and we knew our friends at home would love if only they had the opportunity. After returning home, we began envisioning what it would take to make that possible.
"WE DREAMED ABOUT CREATING AN ONLINE MARKETPLACE THAT WOULD ALLOW US TO SUPPORT WOMEN ARTISANS AROUND THE WORLD."
During a trip to Tanzania and Uganda, we had the incredible opportunity to visit non-profit organizations that were working with female artisans and entrepreneurs who were struggling to make ends meet. It was here, our envisioning turned to concrete planning. We created an online platform so we could help these artisans showcase their beautiful products to a broader audience. Building this mutually beneficial relationship, customers would have the opportunity to purchase unique, one-of-a-kind pieces from around the world, and artisans would earn fair wages and generate a means to support their families.
Today, The Little Market proudly works with dozens of artisan partners all over the world. With each new trip, we continue to be inspired by new artisans and are thrilled to discover new ways of creating life-changing income for these women.