We prioritize working with groups that use materials originating from sustainably managed sources and that have minimal impact on the environment. Many of our products are made of repurposed, upcycled, and recycled materials.
AS A MEMBER OF THE FAIR TRADE FEDERATION, THE LITTLE MARKET IS COMMITTED TO PROMOTING THE RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP OF OUR PLANET'S RESOURCES.
COPAVIC, also known as the Recycled Glass Cooperative of Cantel, is an artisan-owned cooperative located in the small village of Cantel, Guatemala. What began as a small cooperative in 1976 has grown into an environment supporting approximately 35 artisan men, who are from the same municipality and village. Some of the artisans have worked in the co-op for up to 30 years and have purchased land and built a house. The younger artisans’ lives have also improved; for instance, they are able to purchase a safe means of transport and food. COPAVIC is the only co-op located in Guatemala dedicated to creating pieces from blown glass.
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.
all across africa
All Across Africa works with rural producer groups and business partners to supply fair trade products. Many of the basket weavers have been passing the skill and talent of basket weaving from generation to generation for centuries. All Across Africa is a benefit corporation and provides artisans with a “market bundle” including education, materials, finance, and training programs.
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.
Beyond Good is committed to creating dignified work opportunities for some of the most underserved groups in Madagascar. Approximately 70 percent of the cocoa in the world comes from Africa, while less than 1 percent of the world’s chocolate is made there. Beyond Good works closely with cocoa farmworkers to train them with essential skills and provides the necessary resources to make chocolate on the ground, from bean to bar, while they earn fair wages and work in safe environments.
farming + Cooking
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. By working with Black Mamba, they reach a greater marketplace and have access to essential resources including regenerative, eco-conscious practices, finance training, health programs, and community development workshops. The producers also have free training opportunities from Black Mamba’s partner NGO Guba, helping them grow the necessary skills to practice permaculture techniques and regenerative farming.
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.
POTTERY MAKING, GLASS BLOWING + RAFFIA BRAIDING
Located in Morocco, Chabi Chic works with talented artisans with a mission of protecting Moroccan culture, preserving beautiful traditions and techniques, and improving the quality of the artisans’ lives. Chabi Chic works with approximately 18 artisans and suppliers between the ages of 20 to 60. They work hard to preserve a tradition that has been passed down through generations and that is facing competition in today’s environment.
handmade with sustainable materials
Collective Humanity is a community-based, Cambodian social enterprise empowering women who are socially and economically underserved. Cambodia has a long and rich history of weaving. On the walls of Angkor Wat, an ancient temple built over 900 years ago, you will find carvings engraved of women wearing traditional woven garments, which are still worn today. The techniques and traditional Khmer patterns have been in their community for generations. The artisans at Collective Humanity practice traditional Cambodian techniques including weaving and reusing bamboo plants to create sustainable pieces. Collective Humanity provides educational resources, including skills and household finance training, community development workshops, and healthcare programs.
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.
Based out of Jaipur, India, Craft Boat is a social enterprise working with talented artisans who repurpose cotton T-shirts into beautiful paper-based products while following innovative eco-conscious practices. The name “Craft Boat” itself stems from two factors — the artisans practice a traditional papermaking craft, and the paper boat making process is one of the first crafts many of them learn as kids.
Creative Women is a member of the Fair Trade Federation working with approximately 300 artisans. While creating opportunities, the organization is helping to preserve traditional techniques. Weavers remain an underserved group, and weaving remains part of the informal economy. The traditional art of weaving is disappearing as the newer generations are opting to leave the trade in search of other employment opportunities. Creative Women approaches ethical design as a counterpoint to mass production. It provides a reliable, long-term source of income for craftspeople who would otherwise likely need to leave their trade in search of other income opportunities.
NEW PRODUCTS IN THE WORKS
As a responsible organization, Divine Chocolate is conscious of its environmental impact, regularly making improvements to reduce it. Divine Chocolate uses limited airfreight within the supply chain and keeps up-to-date with best practices regarding all the materials used. Packaging is reviewed annually with respect to environmental impact. Cocoa grows best in the shade of the rainforest canopy; this humid environment is best for the midges that pollinate the cocoa. This is a major reason the farmworkers of Kuapa Kokoo are actively conserving the tall forest trees.
Artisans and farmworkers working with JusTea grow 100 percent natural, fair trade teas and hand-carve olive wood spoons. Founded in 2012, JusTea established Kenya’s first small-scale and farmer-owned Artisanal Tea Factory. These techniques have been passed down across generations in Nandi Hills for approximately 100 years. To produce most tea flavors, the process includes hand-plucking, withering, rolling, oxidation, and drying. JusTea is a pioneer tea producer because the team works directly with tea farmworkers to work toward a brighter future.
Kara Weaves is a social enterprise that is based out of Kerala, India and supports artisan weavers who are members of cooperatives and designers of contemporary home textiles. All of the hand-woven products are made from ancient and local fabrics, and these fair trade products are handmade at traditional wooden looms. Through this first-of-its-kind attempt in Kerala, Kara Weaves hopes to bridge the gap between this traditional weaving art form and a contemporary lifestyle.
KASIGAU BASKET WEAVERS
Women at Kasigau Basket Weavers, a social enterprise in Kenya, handcraft beautiful, natural baskets. The artisans, who are between the ages of 25 and 90, are able to come together and collaborate in units, which leads to increased integration into the community and opportunities for them to creatively exchange ideas and advice to support one another. To make each basket, the artisans follow an intricate cultural technique that is passed down across generations of women.
Located in the agricultural community of Njoro in Kenya, Kenana Knitters works with 580 artisans, the majority of whom are women. The artisans have had few income earning opportunities because of limited access to a formal education 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 workshop also offers community development workshops, household finance training, literacy programs, and health and hygiene programs.
Based out of El Salvador, Lula Mena is a microenterprise working with approximately 75 artisans between the ages of 23 and 65. The artisans live in underserved communities, and, by working with Lula Mena, they receive skills training and a fair income while maintaining job security. The designs are based on five principles: eco-friendly practices, handmade, fair trade, innovation, and women empowerment.
MANAVA (“humankind” in Sanskrit) is a social enterprise empowering women in Cambodia as they rise above poverty and economic hardship. Women weavers create a variety of homeware and handbags through a time-intensive rattan weaving process, an ancient Cambodian tradition dating back more than 1,000 years. They draw inspiration from Cambodian Kbach symbols, which are traditionally used in temple carvings and pottery. Artisans work together in a safe and supportive workshop or may opt to work from home so that they can also take care of their children. With MANAVA’s support, family incomes have increased by 95 percent. MANAVA also partners with a Women’s Resource Center in Cambodia to provide a life skills program, which covers training in domestic violence support, English, family planning, financial management, positive parenting, and women’s rights.
Makra supports talented artisans who are socially and economically underserved by providing them with dignified work, a sustainable income, an outlet to preserve handicraft arts, and essential training and resources. The group of artisans implement eco-conscious principles to create this glassware — the organization collects glass locally in the Greater Cairo area of Egypt and recycles and repurposes the raw materials into beautiful hand-blown glassware.
Matr Boomie is a sourcing partner for socially and environmentally responsible products. The organization works with underserved individuals in India and strives to improve their economic and social standing by creating self-sustainable employment following fair trade practices. Matr Boomie partners with grass-root level NGOs and artisan cooperatives that train artisans to create high quality handmade goods. Matr Boomie empowers the artisans with market and fashion information, allowing them to create functional products. The artisans are encouraged to use natural fibers and recycled material as often as possible.
JEWELRY MAKING + LEATHERWORKING
Meyelo is committed to empowering artisans with sustainable income through their craft. By investing in small businesses in the Global South, Meyelo brings about social and economic change. The organization provides training programs in business practices to ensure the understanding of the global market. Meyelo works with Maasai villages to provide access to education, water, farming co-ops, and medical needs. By creating sustainable programs, Meyelo empowers women, girls, and their communities.
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JEWELRY MAKING + LEATHERWORKING
Olive & Annie empowers Maasai artisans in Kenya as they work toward financial independence. It is a branch of the charitable organization She Matters, a community of survivors and advocates united against sexual violence. Through the group, these women have access to essential resources, including educational opportunities, community development workshops, and health programs.
crocheting + knitting
Pebble began as a small nonprofit teaching young women how to knit in a spare room. It has since grown into a large-scale place of employment for artisans and is dedicated to providing sustainable work for young women of rural Bangladesh. All of these rattles are handmade with 100 percent cotton and polyester fill. The women of Pebble can work from their rural communities, eliminating the need to migrate in search of employment. This allows families to stay together and support themselves with fair wages.
Sewing + weaving
Precious Hands works closely with indigenous artisans in Guatemala to help design, produce, market, and sell their handmade goods. The micro-loan program also provides long-lasting and sustainable assistance to individuals in the communities where the artisans live and work. Many of the products are made from repurposed clothing, including a woman’s traditional blouse known as a “huipil.” Huipils are woven on a backstrap loom. Both techniques have been passed down for generations. These intricately woven products tell a rich cultural story while supporting the talented Maya women who weave them.
Based in Bangladesh, the community-based nonprofit organization Prokritee provides dignified work to more than 2,000 women in rural communities who are rising above poverty and supporting themselves and their families. To create these baskets, they practice a basket weaving technique that is local to the area and use locally sourced recycled iron and sustainable hogla leaves. Prokritee prioritizes environmentally conscious practices that are good for people and our planet.
Razafindrabe Collections is a social enterprise in Madagascar. The products reflect Malagasy artisans' skills and techniques passed on from one generation to another. The majority of the women have multiple children and previously did not have access to a formal education. Through Razafindrabe Collections, they 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.
rose ann hall designs
Rose Ann Hall Designs employs artisans, many of whom are living with disabilities, to produce elegantly carved glassware. By promoting traditional Mexican arts, Rose Ann Hall Designs provides on-the-job training, income, as well as an outlet for artistic expression to individuals with few other opportunities. Rose Ann Hall Designs takes great pride in the uniqueness of its artisans and products.
SAFFY provides employment opportunities to skilled artisans in the Philippines regardless of age; the artisans range in age from 18 to 60 years of age. SAFFY works with licensed tree farmers to source wood that has been sustainably harvested. After shaping the wood using traditional hand-carving techniques, the pieces must dry over a period of several weeks. Then the lacquer and the top coat are added. SAFFY empowers artisans through the provision of support services including skill development, product development insights, and financial management training.
Sustainable Threads is a fair trade enterprise that works with more than 10 artisan groups located in India, including several tribal spinners groups. Based in one of the most economically underprivileged states in India, these groups provide employment to families in rural India and support farmworkers, yarn spinners, weavers, and sewers. Otherwise, the rural communities would have to engage in distress migration in search of employment. Sustainable Threads is a member of the Fair Trade Federation and is committed to promoting rural development, entrepreneurship, and social justice in the communities where the artisans live and work.
Based in the Republic of Guinea, TENSIRA is committed to creating sustainable income opportunities for craft communities within West Africa. TENSIRA blends Nordic design with traditional West African craftsmanship to create beautifully unique linen collections. The organization currently supports more than 60 full-time artisan collaborators at its workshop and provides job training and sustainable income.
Vikapu Bomba is based out of Tanzania and works with artisan women in rural communities. The social enterprise strives to help artisans in the southern highlands of Tanzania to revive their artisanal traditions. The baskets are hand-woven in Tanzania, East Africa. Woven from milulu grass, a reed-like swamp grass, iringa baskets are an indispensable utility item of Tanzania’s Hehe people. The Iringa region has a long history of basket weaving, making them a part of the rich history of the Hehe people.
WOLOF WEAVERS OF SENEGAL
The women of Wolof Weavers of Senegal are proud to preserve the coil style of basket weaving by passing the technique from generation to generation. Using thick local grasses and strips of recycled plastic in the traditional technique, the artisans craft baskets and hampers that generate income critical to supporting their families. Wolof Weavers is a cooperative effort of over 100 highly skilled women weaving in nine villages.
WomenCraft is a social enterprise and member of the World Fair Trade Organization working with more than 300 artisans. Artisans practice a weaving technique that is traditional to Hangaza culture weaving in the tri-border region between Rwanda, Tanzania, and Burundi. This specialized coiling technique combines natural grasses interwoven with vibrant materials of the region. This technique is passed down from one generation to the next, specifically from mothers to daughters or women to women. It is also unique to the artisans’ communities.
wood carvers of kenya
Kenyan wood carvers are recognized worldwide for expertly sculpting art from native woods using sustainable practices. The olive wood tree is sacred to Kenyans and appreciated worldwide for its beautiful grain patterns and durability. Artisans practice craft forms handed down through the generations or learned in response to an environmental surplus.