Shop By Cause: Indigenous Populations

Indigenous people make up less than 5 percent of the world's population, but they account for 15 percent of the poorest.*

At The Little Market, we ethically source products from artisan groups and social enterprises that support artisans and producers who identify as indigenous. They have access to dignified work opportunities, which allows them to preserve the artisanal techniques of their cultures.

artisan: Artesania Sorata

Artesania Sorata provides work for indignenous families with low income in Bolivia. The artisan women dye the wool by hand using natural dyes made from local ingredients, such as walnut leaves, thola, and cochineal. The natural dyes are sustainable and soft on the wool. With this yarn, the artisans knit each piece by hand. Each artisan has a unique style and often adds embroidered patterns inspired by traditional weavings, geometric symbols, animals, or birds.

Baby Knits

Country: BoliviaTechnique: ALPACA KNITTING

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Little Bear Baby Mittens - Tan

$ 24.00

HANDMADE IN BOLIVIA

Keep those little hands cozy with these adorable mittens! They’re handmade from super-soft Peruvian alpaca, so your mini-me won’t want to take them off. Each purchase supports Artesania Sorata artisans...

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Little Bear Baby Booties - Tan

$ 24.00

HANDMADE IN BOLIVIA

Keep those little toes cozy with these adorable booties! They’re handmade from super-soft Peruvian alpaca, so your mini-me won’t want to take them off.Each purchase supports Artesania Sorata artisans in...

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Alpaca Baby Booties - Lavender

$ 24.00

HANDMADE IN BOLIVIA

Keep those little toes cozy with these adorable booties! They’re handmade from super-soft Peruvian alpaca, so your mini-me won’t want to take them off. Each purchase supports Artesania Sorata artisans...
18-24 months

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Alpaca Baby Booties - Gray

$ 24.00

HANDMADE IN BOLIVIA

Keep those little toes cozy with these adorable booties! They’re handmade from super-soft Peruvian alpaca, so your mini-me won’t want to take them off. Each purchase supports Artesania Sorata artisans...
18-24 months

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artisan: Black Mamba

Social enterprise Black Mamba connects with small-scale farmers and makers within Eswatini to create chili-based foods and fruit spreads using fresh ingredients. The producers often live within rural areas that are typically below the country’s poverty line; they work from their homesteads and supply produce to Black Mamba. Many of them are women and indigenous peoples. By working with Black Mamba, they reach a greater marketplace and have access to essential resources including regenerative, eco-conscious practices, finance training, and community development workshops.  

HOT SAUCES + SPREADS

Country: EswatiniTechnique: FARMING + COOKING

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Cayenne Chili Hot Sauce

$ 16.00

HANDMADE IN ESWATINI

Add heat to your everyday dishes. Perfect for spice lovers, this goes well with everything from eggs to pizza. This hot sauce is gluten-free and made using organic cayenne chilies....

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Chipotle Chili Hot Sauce

$ 16.00

HANDMADE IN ESWATINI

Incorporate a smoky flavor in every meal with a gluten-free hot sauce made using smoked jalapeños. Perfect for spice lovers, this sauce is ideal for spicing up a Bloody Mary...

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Habanero Chili Hot Sauce

$ 16.00

HANDMADE IN ESWATINI

Add a hot and fruity kick of flavor to every meal with a gluten-free hot sauce made using organic habanero chilies. Perfect for spice lovers, this sauce is ideal for...

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Pineapple Chili Hot Sauce

$ 16.00

HANDMADE IN ESWATINI

Add a sweet and spicy kick of flavor to every meal with a gluten-free hot sauce made using organic cayenne chilies. Perfect for spice lovers, this goes well with everything...

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artisan: Bolga Basket weavers

Artisans in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana, West Africa weave beautiful and durable baskets from thick, tough, and sustainable elephant grass. Purchases of these baskets have supported underserved indigenous weavers in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana, West Africa. A classic icon of African craftsmanship, Bolga baskets from Ghana are known for their durability, unique patterns, and vibrant colors.

Baskets

Country: GhanaTechnique: Weaving

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Palm Shopper

$ 62.00

HANDMADE IN GHANA

This market basket is hand-woven from palm fronds and trimmed with cognac tan leather—perfect for toting all your fresh market finds. Every purchase supports weavers in the Bolgatanga region of...

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Open Weave Bohemian Market Basket

$ 78.00

HANDMADE IN GHANA

This basket is the perfect tote for your fresh farmers' market goodies! Handwoven, this beautiful carryall is eco-consciously made from sustainable materials. Every purchase supports weavers in the Bolgatanga region...

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artisan: Canaan Palestine

Canaan Palestine is a social enterprise that collaborates with over 2,000 small-scale farming families. The farmworkers range in age from 25 to 70 years old and include indigenous populations. They are committed to providing sustainable income opportunities, implementing eco-conscious principles, practicing restorative agriculture, and offering essential resources such as community development workshops, finance training, and health programs.

Olive Oil

Country: PalestineTechnique: Farming

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Garlic-Infused Olive Oil

$ 24.00

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HANDMADE IN PALESTINE

This flavorful oil will be your new secret ingredient with its endless uses. Dip some freshly baked bread into it, drizzle it over your favorite salad dressing, or use it...

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Basil-Infused Olive Oil

$ 24.00

HANDMADE IN PALESTINE

This fragrant oil adds herbaceousness to any plate. Drizzle it over pasta, caprese, or grilled veggies. For a full flavor effect, use it as a finishing oil. Each purchase empowers...

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Chili-Infused Olive Oil

$ 24.00

HANDMADE IN PALESTINE

This zesty oil will add a nice flavor to every bite. This oil can be drizzled on anything that needs a little heat. For a full flavor effect, use it...

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Lemon-Infused Olive Oil

$ 24.00

HANDMADE IN PALESTINE

This versatile oil is great to have on hand. It works beautifully in a simple salad dressing but also adds a floral citrusy note to any dish. For a full...

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artisan: EllieFunDay

EllieFunDay partners with an artisan group consisting of 40 women, including indigenous 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. Artisans working with EllieFunDay have access to job training, fair wages, dignified employment, healthcare, and educational resources.

Blankets

Country: IndiaTechnique: STAB-STITCHING EMBROIDERY

artisan: Inspired Peru

Inspired Peru is an artisan cooperative consisting of 35 artisans; the majority are widows and heads of household from indigenous communities in the Peruvian highlands. Ethically sourced, local alpaca wool is used to craft products, such as stuffed animals and accessories, that celebrate the artisans’ ancestral and cultural heritage. At Inspired Peru, artisans are empowered to transmit their traditional skills to future generations while expanding their business and leadership skills and having access to skill development programs.

ACCESSORIES + STUFFED ANIMALS

Country: PeruTechnique: HANDCRAFTING WITH ALPACA PLUSH

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Alpaca Stuffed Animal - Cinnamon Bear

$ 24.00

HANDMADE IN PERU

Little ones will love this bear-y much. This fluffy stuffed animal is a great gift for baby showers and kids' birthdays. Each purchase empowers artisans at Inspired Peru in Peru....

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Alpaca Stuffed Animal - Honey Bear

$ 24.00

HANDMADE IN PERU

Little ones will love this bear-y much. This fluffy stuffed animal is a great gift for baby showers and kids' birthdays.Each purchase empowers artisans at Inspired Peru in Peru.

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Alpaca Stuffed Animal - Brown Alpaca

$ 46.00

HANDMADE IN PERU

Perfect for the little animal-lover in your life, kids will love cuddling with this fluffy stuffed alpaca.Each purchase empowers artisan women at Inspired Peru

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Alpaca Stuffed Animal - Lion

$ 24.00

HANDMADE IN PERU

Little ones will roar for this fluffy lion. Gift this lion to the brave little one in your life. Each purchase empowers artisans at Inspired Peru in Peru.

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artisan: Iraq Al-Amir Women's Cooperative

Based in Jordan, Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative has empowered a community of skilled craftswomen since 1993. The artisans are mostly single women from rural indigenous communities, and many of them have worked with the cooperative since its beginnings. The income earned through Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative is essential to supporting their livelihoods, especially considering the current decrease in farmland that has left many community members in poverty.

Ceramics

Country: IraqTechnique: HAND-GLAZING + SLIP-CASTING

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Ceramic Hand Tray - Black

$ 18.00

HANDMADE IN JORDAN

Stash your smaller items in this ceramic tray shaped like the Hand of Fatima, a protective symbol found throughout the Middle East and northern Africa. Every piece is completely unique...

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Ceramic Hand Tray - Black

$ 18.00 - $ 28.00

artisan: Kenana Knitters

Located in the agricultural community of Njoro in Kenya, Kenana Knitters works with 580 artisans including indigenous peoples. The artisans have had few income earning opportunities because of limited access to formal educational opportunities and their family responsibilities. By working with Kenana Knitters, they can earn a sustainable income, create long-term economic plans, and take care of their families with a flexible work schedule. Health clinics are run free of charge at Kenana Knitters. The organization also offers community development workshops, household finance training, literacy programs, and health and hygiene programs.

Finger + hand puppets

Country: KenyaTechnique: Knitting

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Knitted Hand Puppet - Leopard

$ 18.00

HANDMADE IN KENYA

Leopard spots are used to help them camouflage, but this feline friend stands out from the pack. Complete with adorable detailing, like yarn whiskers and brown spots, this hand puppet...

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Knitted Hand Puppet - Lion

$ 18.00

HANDMADE IN KENYA

Make friends with the king of the jungle. Complete with a yarn mane, this lion hand puppet is hand-knit with organic cotton and fits both adults and kid, making it...

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Knitted Hand Puppet - Tiger

$ 18.00

HANDMADE IN KENYA

A friendly feline as unique as a tiger's stripes. Complete with adorable detailing, like yarn whiskers and black stripes, this tiger hand puppet is hand-knit with organic cotton and fits...

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Knitted Hand Puppet - Monkey

$ 18.00

HANDMADE IN KENYA

No monkey business here, just a lovable jungle-inspired friend. Complete with adorable detailing, like yarn hair and dainty ears, this hand puppet is hand-knit with organic cotton and fits both...

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artisan: Macvilho

Macvilho was founded by a group of Tzotzil Maya artisan women from the Mexican state of Chiapas. Through the creation of decorative accents and textiles, they have preserved traditional Maya techniques. Modern machinery is not used at any stage of the production cycle. Selling their goods to a global audience creates more employment opportunities for the artisans at Macvilho, allowing them to lead better lives supplemented by the additional income.

accessories

Country: MexicoTechnique: POM POM + TASSEL MAKING

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Pom Pom Garland - Lavender

$ 30.00

HANDMADE IN MEXICO

This colorful handmade pom pom garland is an easy way to decorate. Mix and match from our selection of colors and sizes to create a unique look for your home...
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