Shop By Cause: Children

Children are more than twice as likely as adults to live in extreme poverty.

Globally, almost 385 million children are living in extreme poverty. According to the World Bank Group, the effects of poverty are most damaging to children because the deprivations they suffer affect the development of their bodies and their minds.* By working with social enterprises that provide stable employment for mothers and resources for children, such as food, housing, medical care and education, The Little Market is able to help lessen the effects of poverty for children around the globe.

artisan: Olive & Annie

Olive & Annie empowers Maasai artisans in Kenya as they work toward financial independence. Through the group, these women have access to essential resources including educational opportunities, community development workshops, and health programs. A portion of the proceeds fund ZLT Hope Homes, which provides support to children who have been orphaned and abandoned, mentorship to vulnerable youth and single mothers, and assistance to children and families affected by childhood sexual abuse.

JEWELRY + MOCCASINS

Country: KenyaTechnique: JEWELRY MAKING + LEATHERWORKING

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Mama Cuff

$ 48.00

Add your proudest name to your wrist party. This sentimental piece is handmade by artisans from 100 percent recycled brass, so it's good for people and the environment. Each purchase...

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  • Approximately 2.5" wide, flexible
  • Materials: 100% recycled brass
  • Care instructions: For a longer-lasting shine, clean gently with warm water mixed with a small amount of dish detergent or a lemon.
  • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur

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Mama Cuff

$ 48.00
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Mama Necklace

$ 48.00

Wear your proudest name on a chain. This sentimental piece is handmade by artisans using 100 percent recycled brass, so it's good for people and the environment. Style it alone...

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  • Chain approximately 16"
  • Charm approximately .45" diameter
  • No adjustable length
  • Materials: 100% recycled brass
  • Care instructions: For a longer-lasting shine, clean gently with warm water mixed with a small amount of dish detergent or a lemon.
  • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur

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Baby Moccasins - Dusty Rose

$ 54.00

Put your little one's best foot forward in these soft-soled leather moccasins with fringe details. Handcrafted from ethically sourced, chrome-free dyed leather, each pair is thoughtfully designed with a comfortable...

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  • Size 0 approximately 4.25" long, 2.25" wide at widest
  • Size 1 approximately 4.5" long, 2.5" wide at widest
  • Size 2 approximately 5" long, 2.25" wide at widest
  • Size 3 approximately 5.25" long, 2.5" wide at widest
  • Size 4 approximately 5.5" long, 2.5" wide at widest
  • Size 5 approximately 5.75" long, 2.5" wide at widest
  • Materials: Leather, elastic, toxic-free dyes
  • Care instructions: To protect the material over time, gently buff with a leather polish.
  • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur

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Heart Necklace

$ 48.00

Wear your heart on your ... chain! This lovable piece is handmade by artisans using 100 percent recycled brass, so it's good for people and the environment. Style it alone...

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  • Chain approximately 16"
  • Charm approximately .45" diameter
  • No adjustable length
  • Materials: 100% recycled brass
  • Care instructions: For a longer-lasting shine, clean gently with warm water mixed with a small amount of dish detergent or a lemon.
  • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur

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artisan: Ajiri

Ajiri is a Kenyan social enterprise that strives to create employment opportunities for women through sustainable farming and to support the education of the country’s orphan children. The social enterprise works with farmworkers to source flavorful, hand-picked tea and coffee, and it supports the artisan women who design its recyclable packaging. 100 percent of the net profits support school fees for orphans in Kenya. Ajiri Tea Company is now sponsoring 29 orphans in school and is employing four different women’s groups.

coffee + Tea

Country: kenyaTechnique: Farming

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Organic Rooibos Tea

$ 10.00

Indulge in a cup of fresh and flavorful rooibos tea. This tasty tea can be served hot or cold at your next get together. Each purchase supports artisans and farmworkers...

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  • Caffeine-free & naturally high in antioxidants.
  • This packaging is made by hand by women using dried banana bark. Inside of each box is beautiful twine made of dried banana bark and decorated with beads made from recycled magazine paper. The designs can be repurposed for artwork, notecards, and more.
  • Approximately 4.5" tall x 4.5" wide x 3" deep

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Black Tea with Mango

$ 10.00

Time for a tea party! Spice up your black tea with these smooth hints of mango. This box of tea is perfect for gifting or having at your next tea...

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  • This packaging is made by hand by women using dried banana bark. Inside of each box is beautiful twine made of dried banana bark and decorated with beads made from recycled magazine paper. The designs can be repurposed for artwork, notecards, and more.
  • Approximately 4.5" tall x 4.5" wide x 3" deep

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Organic Chamomile Tea

$ 10.00

End the day with the perfect amount of sweetness in a cup of soothing chamomile tea. This tea has delicious flavors of honey and apple and a light floral aroma....

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  • Naturally caffeine-free
  • This packaging is made by hand by women using dried banana bark. Inside of each box is beautiful twine made of dried banana bark and decorated with beads made from recycled magazine paper. The designs can be repurposed for artwork, notecards, and more.
  • Approximately 4.5" tall x 4.5" wide x 3" deep

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Organic Green Tea

$ 10.00

Enjoy a cup of delicious tea while filling up with beneficial antioxidants. This tea is perfect for gifting or having on hand in your kitchen. Each purchase supports artisans and...

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  • This packaging is made by hand by women using dried banana bark. Inside of each box is beautiful twine made of dried banana bark and decorated with beads made from recycled magazine paper. The designs can be repurposed for artwork, notecards, and more.
  • Approximately 4.5" tall x 4.5" wide x 3" deep

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artisan: EllieFunDay

EllieFunDay partners with an artisan group consisting of women working as part of a sewing unit. Many of these artisans are single mothers; some of them have experienced a form of domestic violence or abuse. The artisans are housed in a safe place and are given an economic opportunity to help their families rise above poverty. Artisans working with EllieFunDay have access to fair wages, dignified employment, healthcare, and education.

blankets

Country: IndiaTechnique: STAB-STITCHING EMBROIDERY

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Baby Throw Blanket - Rainbows & Clouds

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Dream the night away in this cozy rainbow- and cloud-inspired throw. Each purchase empowers female artisans at EllieFunDay in India. Details Approximately: 50" wide x 65" long Materials: Organic muslin,...

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  • Approximately: 50" wide x 65" long
  • Materials: Organic muslin, GOTs organic cotton
  • Machine wash cold with like colors. Gentle wash. Tumble dry on low or hang dry.
  • As with all handmade items, variations can occur.

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Baby Throw Blanket - Dusty Red

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Ready, set, snuggle. Cozy up with this colorful throw or gift to friends and family. Each purchase empowers female artisans at EllieFunDay in India. Details Approximately: 50" wide x 65"...

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  • Approximately: 50" wide x 65" long
  • Materials: Organic muslin, GOTs organic cotton
  • Machine wash cold with like colors. Gentle wash. Tumble dry on low or hang dry.
  • As with all handmade items, variations can occur.

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Baby Throw Blanket - Natural

$ 136.00

The perfect blanket for snuggle time. Hand-sewn and embroidered, this throw blanket features three layers of double quilted muslin to keep little ones warm and cozy. Each purchase empowers female...

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  • Approximately: 50" wide x 65" long
  • Materials: Organic muslin and GOTS organic cotton
  • Machine wash cold with like colors. Gentle wash. Tumble dry on low or hang dry.
  • As with all handmade items, slight variations can occur.

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Baby Throw Blanket - Lilac

$ 136.00

The perfect blanket for snuggle time. Hand-sewn and embroidered, this throw blanket features three layers of double quilted muslin to keep little ones warm and cozy. Each purchase empowers female...

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  • Approximately: 50" wide x 65" long
  • Materials: Organic muslin and GOTS organic cotton
  • Care Instructions: Machine wash cold with like colors. Gentle wash. Tumble dry on low or hang dry.
  • As with all handmade items, slight variations can occur.

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artisan: Level Ground Trading

Level Ground Trading works with small-scale farmworkers, who generally own between two and five acres of land in the Global South. The organization partners with underserved farmworkers who lack access to the infrastructure needed to market and export what they harvest from their land. Level Ground Trading supports sustainable practices, invests in infrastructure development, and grants scholarships for rural youth (more than 1,000 scholarships to date).

coffee + Tea

Country: Bolivia, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, India, Peru, + TanzaniaTechnique: FARMING

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Bolivia Medium Roast Coffee

$ 20.00

But first, fair trade coffee. Each bag of organic beans has rich flavor to start your morning off right. Every purchase empowers Level Ground Trading farmworkers in countries such as...

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  • Bag is approximately 16 oz.
  • Flavor Profile: Milk chocolate, citrus, and caramel notes
  • USDA Organic certified.
  • Care instructions: Store coffee beans in a cool, dark place and consume within 2 weeks of opening.
  • As with all handmade items, slight variations can occur.

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Tanzania Dark Roast Coffee

$ 20.00

But first, fair trade coffee. Each bag of organic beans has rich flavor to start your morning off right. Every purchase empowers Level Ground Trading farmworkers in countries such as...

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  • Bag is approximately 16 oz.
  • Flavor Profile: Full bodied and acidic with chocolate notes
  • USDA Organic certified.
  • Care instructions: Store coffee beans in a cool, dark place and consume within 2 weeks of opening.
  • As with all handmade items, slight variations can occur.

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Congo Medium Roast Coffee

$ 20.00

But first, fair trade coffee. Each bag of organic beans has rich flavor to start your morning off right. Every purchase empowers Level Ground Trading farmworkers in countries such as...

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  • Bag is approximately 16 oz.
  • Flavor Profile: Smooth, sweet, and citrus
  • USDA Organic certified.
  • Care instructions: Store coffee beans in a cool, dark place and consume within 2 weeks of opening.
  • As with all handmade items, slight variations can occur.

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Colombia Dark Roast Coffee

$ 20.00

But first, fair trade coffee. Each bag of organic beans has rich flavor to start your morning off right. Every purchase empowers Level Ground Trading farmworkers in countries such as...

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  • Bag is approximately 16 oz.
  • Flavor Profile: Rich, full flavor
  • Care instructions: Store coffee beans in a cool, dark place and consume within 2 weeks of opening.
  • As with all handmade items, slight variations can occur.

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artisan: RAZAFINDRABE COLLECTIONS

Razafindrabe Collections is a social enterprise in Madagascar. The majority of the artisan women have multiple children and have not had access to a formal education. Prior to crafting baskets and bags with Razafindrabe Collections, most of the artisans lived well below the poverty line and earned less than a dollar per day. They now have access to a sustainable source of income and skill development opportunities. Razafindrabe Collections also supports the local primary school with basic supplies and donates 10 percent of its profits to the lunch program.

bags

Country: madagascarTechnique: weaving

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Round Floral Tote - Natural

$ 128.00

Look no further, we found your new favorite bag! The floral details on this tote make it a summer standout. Hand-woven with raffia, its spacious interior features fabric-lining, a magnetic...

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  • Materials: Raffia, cotton, and natural dyes.
  • Dimensions: 14" Diameter, 7.5" Handle Drop.
  • Care instructions: Wipe clean with damp cloth.
  • As with all handmade items, slight variations can occur.

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Raffia Tote - Natural

$ 118.00

This beach bag is perfect for a summer day or winter getaway. Hand-woven with raffia, its spacious interior features fabric-lining, a magnetic closure, and an inner slit pocket. Each purchase empowers...

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  • Materials: Raffia, cotton, and natural dyes.
  • Medium Dimensions: 15" wide x 15" tall, 7" Handle Drop.
  • Large Dimensions: 18" wide x 15" tall, 7" Handle Drop.
  • Care instructions: Wipe clean with damp cloth.
  • As with all handmade items, slight variations can occur.

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Raffia Tote - Natural

$ 118.00 - $ 128.00
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Raffia + Leather Crossbody - Natural

$ 118.00

This crossbody tote is sure to become a staple in your wardrobe! Hand-woven with raffia, its spacious interior features fabric-lining, a magnetic closure, and an inner slit pocket. Each purchase empowers...

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  • Materials: Raffia, cotton, and natural dyes.
  • Dimensions: 13" wide x 11" long, 5" Short Handle Drop, 22" Strap Drop.
  • Care instructions: Wipe clean with damp cloth.
  • As with all handmade items, slight variations can occur.

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Raffia Clutch

$ 88.00

This cute clutch is perfect for a date night or a vacation. Lined with cotton fabric and featuring an interior slit pocket, this bag holds everything you'll need for a...

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  • Materials: Raffia, leather, cotton, and natural dyes.
  • Dimensions: 14" long x 9" tall.
  • Care instructions: Wipe clean with damp cloth.
  • As with all handmade items, slight variations can occur.

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artisan: Womencraft

WomenCraft is a social enterprise and member of the World Fair Trade Organization working with more than 300 artisans from 17 villages in Tanzania, Burundi, and Rwanda. WomenCraft consists of 24 artisans groups, which include women who were refugees, survivors of genocide, artisans living with HIV, and Tanzanian hosts. Many of the artisans assume the responsibility of caring for HIV orphans, the surviving children of extended family members who lost their battle to AIDS. With WomenCraft, artisans can increase their crop yield while having a work-family life balance, send their children to school, and provide better nutrition and healthcare.

baskets

Country: tanzaniaTechnique: weaving

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Woven Basket - White & Natural - No. 4

$ 30.00

Style this wide woven basket on its own or use it to keep away clutter. Handmade from natural grasses, this bowl is ideal for holding keys, jewelry, or fruit, and...

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  • Small approximately: 11" diameter x 3.5" wide x 3" tall
  • Medium approximately: 14" diameter x 5.75" wide x 4.5" tall
  • Large approximately: 17.75" diameter x 9" wide x 5.5" tall
  • Extra Large approximately: 21.75" diameter x 12" wide x 6.5" tall
  • Care instructions: wipe clean with a damp cloth
  • Materials: locally harvested star grass, locally sourced papyrus, and recycled grain sacks used for colors
  • As with all handmade items, slight variations can occur

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Knitting Basket - White

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Use this basket to store clean laundry, balls of yarn, or toys. Hand-woven from cattail stalks and recycled plastic, this basket will last for years. Each purchase empowers the Wolof...

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  • Approximately 18" long,  15" wide, 10" tall
  • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur
  • Care instructions: Wipe the basket with a damp cloth. If you choose to use soap, please use it lightly to avoid saturating the basket and the stalks located inside the coils.

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Lidded Hamper - Natural

$ 158.00

Conceal your laundry, linens, or toys with these beautiful hand-woven hampers. Each hamper is handmade from sustainable grasses and recycled grain sacks. Every purchase empowers artisans at WomenCraft in Tanzania....

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  • Small Approximately: 14" tall x 14" diameter.
  • Medium Approximately: 16" tall x 15" diameter.
  • Large Approximately: 18" tall x 17" diameter.
  • Materials: locally harvested star grass, locally sourced papyrus, and recycled grain bags.
  • Care Instructions: Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
  • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur.

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Lidded Hamper - Natural

$ 158.00 - $ 178.00
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Round Woven Storage - White

$ 158.00

Toss dirty laundry into these nesting baskets. Use one for delicates, another for colors, and one for whites to sort in style. These hand-woven baskets are also perfect planters or...