Shop By Cause: Skill Development

Lack of skills and education can perpetuate poverty and inequality.*

We ethically source products from artisan groups and social enterprises that focus on skill development, including literacy programs, finance and vocational training, computer classes, and job training. This empowers artisans to attain sustainable employment and improve standards of living. 

artisan: Ajiri

Ajiri is a Kenyan social enterprise that strives to create employment opportunities for women 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 supports the artisan women who design its recyclable packaging. Ajiri provides farmworkers with fair, living wages and access to beneficial workshops on topics ranging from literacy to nutrition.

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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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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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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Black Tea with Lemon

$ 10.00

The deliciousness of Ajiri's Kenyan black tea with lemon won First Place at the North American Tea Championships! This box of tea is perfect for gifting or having at your...

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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: Basha

Basha’s high quality, unique kantha products are handmade by strong women who are survivors of human sex trafficking in Bangladesh. The women complete a training and rehabilitation program prior to beginning work. Basha also provides weekly educational opportunities including literacy and life skills programs. The artisans receive medical support, counseling, and daycare assistance.

Quilts

Country: BangladeshTechnique: EMBROIDERY + KANTHA STITCHING

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Large Kantha Quilt - No. 261

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Cozy up with this one-of-a-kind blanket. This beautiful quilt is made with layers of vintage cotton saris, hand-sewn together by a traditional kantha stitch. Each blanket includes the hand-stitched name...

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  • Approximately 94" x 100"
  • Fits King
  • Care instructions: Machine wash cold. Tumble dry low.
  • Kanthas are made of layers of fabric hand-stitched together using repurposed fabrics. This quilt boasts two sides featuring two different beautiful patterns. You will never find the same fabric twice. Each piece is truly one-of-a-kind.

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Large Kantha Quilt - No. 254

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Cozy up with this one-of-a-kind blanket. This beautiful quilt is made with layers of vintage cotton saris, hand-sewn together by a traditional kantha stitch. Each blanket includes the hand-stitched name...

Details

  • Approximately 94" x 100"
  • Fits King
  • Care instructions: Machine wash cold. Tumble dry low.
  • Kanthas are made of layers of fabric hand-stitched together using repurposed fabrics. This quilt boasts two sides featuring two different beautiful patterns. You will never find the same fabric twice. Each piece is truly one-of-a-kind.

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artisan: Bright Endeavors

Bright Endeavors empowers young mothers from under-resourced communities. Through a job training program, the hardworking women are equipped with career skills, professional development, and a life-changing means to succeed in the workforce. They are empowered to build a bright career path, raise strong families, and create loving homes and communities.

SOAKING SALTS + SUGAR SCRUBS

Country: United StatesTechnique: Hand-blending

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Rose Soaking Salt

$ 18.00

Make some time for yourself, and don't forget to stop and smell the roses. This rose soaking salt has been carefully hand-blended from rose petals, natural rose oil, and pink...

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  • 8 oz.
  • Phthalate-free
  • Ingredients: pink Himalayan sea salt, all-natural rose oil (fragrance), and rose herbs

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Lavender Soaking Salt

$ 18.00

Lavender is well-known as a soothing and calming flower. This soaking salt has been carefully hand-blended from lavender herb, natural lavender oil, and pink Himalayan sea salt. Each purchase empowers...

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  • 8 oz.
  • Phthalate-free
  • Ingredients: pink Himalayan sea salt, all-natural lavender oil (fragrance), and lavender herbs

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Sugar Scrub - Coconut

$ 24.00

Treat your skin to this luxurious coconut sugar scrub. This natural body scrub has been made with love with sugar, coconut oil, and fragrance oil. Each purchase empowers female artisans at Bright...

Details

  • 6 oz.
  • 3" tall x 2.5" wide
  • Made with all-natural ingredients: white sugar, brown sugar, coconut oil, and all-natural coconut fragrance oil

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Sugar Scrub - Vanilla

$ 24.00

Let your skin glow with this delicious vanilla sugar scrub. This natural body scrub has been made with love with sugar, coconut oil, and fragrance oil. Each purchase empowers female artisans...

Details

  • 6 oz.
  • 3" tall x 2.5" wide
  • Made with all-natural ingredients: white sugar, brown sugar, coconut oil, and all-natural vanilla fragrance oil

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artisan: Corr - The Jute Works

CORR - The Jute Works empowers rural women in Bangladesh through handicraft production. The women have previously had limited access to formal education and now make beautiful products with local materials during time between household activities. CORR - The Jute Works not only creates market access, but it also provides job training and develops leadership skills.

sustainable totes

Country: bangladeshTechnique: Sewing

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Reusable Tote - Be Kind

$ 16.00

It's cool to be kind. Spread kindness with this thoughtful gift bag. Each bag is handmade, water-resistant, durable, and reusable, making it a bonus gift that keeps on giving. Choose...

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  • Large gift bag approximately: 12" wide x 12" tall x 8" deep
  • Small shopping bag approximately 15.5" wide x 11.5" tall x 7.5" deep
  • Large shopping bag approximately: 16" wide x 15" tall x 9" deep
  • Materials: LDPE lamination coated jute fabric, AZO-free ink
  • Laminated interior is water-resistant
  • Care instructions: Spot clean exterior. Wipe interior clean with damp cloth.
  • As with all hand-woven items, slight variations will occur
  • Customize it! Contact our Customer Support Team at (800) 404-3300 or email hello@thelittlemarket.com to learn about adding your own unique message to this bag.

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Gift Tote - Heart

$ 12.00

Wear your heart on your bag. Tote your favorite things or gift some love to a friend with this handmade, water-resistant bag. Choose from three sizes and black or white...

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  • Small Approximately: 8" wide x 10" tall x 6" deep
  • Medium Approximately: 10" wide x 12" tall x 6" deep
  • Large Approximately: 12" wide x 12" tall x 8" deep
  • Materials: LDPE lamination coated jute fabric, AZO-free ink
  • Laminated interior is water-resistant
  • Care instructions: Spot clean exterior. Wipe interior clean with damp cloth.
  • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur
  • Customize it! Contact our Customer Support Team at (800) 404-3300 or email hello@thelittlemarket.com to learn about adding your own unique message to this bag.

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Shopping Tote - This Is About Humanity

$ 20.00

For every purchase of this bag, we will donate half of the purchase price of the bag to the This is About Humanity Fund and International Community Foundation, which works closely to meet...

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  • Small shopping bag approximately 15.5" wide x 11.5" tall x 7.5" deep
  • Large shopping bag approximately: 16" wide x 15" tall x 9" deep
  • Materials: LDPE lamination coated jute fabric, AZO-free ink
  • Laminated interior is water-resistant
  • Care instructions: Spot clean exterior. Wipe interior clean with damp cloth.
  • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur
  • Customize it! Contact our Customer Support Team at (800) 404-3300 or email concierge@thelittlemarket.com to learn about adding your own unique message to this bag.

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Gift Tote - Joy

$ 12.00

Spread some holiday cheer for all to see and hear. Give holiday gifts in this reusable bag. Choose from three sizes and black or white ink to find your perfect...

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  • Small Approximately: 8" wide x 10" tall x 6" deep
  • Medium Approximately: 10" wide x 12" tall x 6" deep
  • Large Approximately: 12" wide x 12" tall x 8" deep
  • Materials: LDPE lamination coated jute fabric, AZO-free ink
  • Laminated interior is water-resistant
  • Care instructions: Spot clean exterior. Wipe interior clean with damp cloth.
  • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur
  • Customize it! Contact our Customer Support Team at (800) 404-3300 or email hello@thelittlemarket.com to learn about adding your own unique message to this bag.

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Gift Tote - Joy

$ 12.00 - $ 16.00

artisan: EllieFunDay

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

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: Gaia

GAIA’s mission is to empower underserved refugee women living in Dallas, Texas through employment, encouragement, and dedication to their long-term success here in the United States. The women transform vintage and artisan-made textiles into home and personal accessories, with a focus on sustainability and quality design. While providing a living wage and continued training and development, GAIA’s goal is to help lead these resilient women to financial independence and self-sufficiency.

Accessories

Country: United StatesTechnique: Jewelry Making

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Leather Tassel Keychain - Black

$ 30.00

Add charm to your purse, keys, or clutch with a lovely leather tassel. This fringe keychain is handmade by refugee women, and it's the perfect accessory to get for a...

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  • Approximately 6.5" long
  • Materials: genuine suede, lambskin leather, brass lobster, brown leather loop
  • Care instructions: Gently remove dirt with a suede brush or eraser.
  • As with all handwoven items, variations will occur

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Girl's Mini Heart Purse - Blockprint

$ 33.00 $ 44.00

Show some love for your little one with this little heart-shaped bag. Handmade and hand-woven with recycled fabrics, it's just the right size. Each purchase supports female refugees at GAIA...

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  • Approximately 7" wide x 7" tall; 15" strap
  • Care instructions: Spot clean fabric.
  • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur

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artisan: Haiti Design Co.

The main mission behind Haiti Design Co. is to create sustainable development through design, training, and job creation; the nonprofit’s mantra comes from an old Haitian proverb that means “Many hands make the load light.” In a collaborative work environment, artisans have access to essential resources such as healthcare and seminars on leadership development training and mental health awareness.

ACCESSORIES + HOME DÉCOR

Country: HaitiTechnique: EMBROIDERY, JEWELRY MAKING, LEATHERWORKING, + SEWING

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Leather Key Fob - Redwood

$ 18.00 $ 24.00

Easily keep track of your keys with this stylish key fob. It was beautifully handmade using locally sourced leather. Every purchase supports artisans at Haiti Design Co. Details Approximately 1"...

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  • Approximately 1" wide, 7" tall
  • Hand-stitched with full-grain Haitian vegetable-tanned leather
  • Features solid brass hardware
  • Care instructions: Gently remove dirt with a suede brush or eraser.
  • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur

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Leather Key Fob - Chocolate

$ 18.00 $ 24.00

Easily keep track of your keys with this stylish key fob. It was beautifully handmade using locally sourced leather. Every purchase supports artisans at Haiti Design Co. Details Approximately 1"...

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  • Approximately 1" wide, 7" tall
  • Hand-stitched with full-grain Haitian vegetable-tanned leather
  • Features solid brass hardware
  • Care instructions: Gently remove dirt with a suede brush or eraser.
  • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur

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Leather Key Fob - Black

$ 18.00 $ 24.00

Easily keep track of your keys with this stylish key fob. It was beautifully handmade using locally sourced leather. Every purchase supports artisans at Haiti Design Co. Details Approximately 1"...

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  • Approximately 1" wide, 7" tall
  • Hand-stitched with full-grain Haitian vegetable-tanned leather
  • Features solid brass hardware
  • Care instructions: Gently remove dirt with a suede brush or eraser.
  • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur

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Leather Envelope Clutch - Chocolate

$ 33.00 $ 44.00

Carry this sleek clutch from day to night. Hand-stitched, this clutch has been beautifully handmade using locally sourced leather. Each purchase supports artisans at Haiti Design Co. Details Approximately 9.75"...

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  • Approximately 9.75" wide, 5.75" tall
  • Care instructions: To remove dirt, apply a small amount of leather cleaner with a clean, soft cloth using a circular motion. Wipe off the residue. Let air dry completely. May use leather moisturizer if needed to bring back its natural luster. Leather cleaner is not recommended for ink, grease, or oil stains.
  • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur

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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.

ACCESSORIES + STUFFED ANIMALS

Country: PeruTechnique: HANDCRAFTING WITH ALPACA PLUSH