Today marks the sixth anniversary of The Little Market! Looking back, it’s hard to believe how much we have grown and collectively accomplished together. We are grateful for our incredible community and could not do this without you believing in and supporting our mission.
When our co-founders Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla created The Little Market in 2013, our nonprofit ethically purchased products from five artisan groups in eight countries. Six years later, we have expanded our reach to ethically purchasing products from 75 artisan groups and social enterprises in 25 countries and sovereign states.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your support and for helping us empower women all over the world!
Thanks to your support, we welcomed wonderful new artisan groups to The Little Market family this year.
Photo Courtesy of Anchal Project
For example, we are proud to work with Anchal Project, an India-based social enterprise that supports employment opportunities for women previously exploited by the commercial sex trade.
Using traditional kantha techniques, the artisans make beautiful pillows and throws.
Photo Courtesy of Musee Bath
In the United States, we began working with Musee Bath, a social enterprise that supports second chances for individuals who have endured various hardships. The team consists of individuals recovering from addiction, individuals in reentry programs, people with disabilities, and survivors of domestic violence.
These bath bombs instantly became a customer-favorite.
We are also very proud of our charity collaborations and the funds we have helped raise for some amazing organizations! For our collaboration with This is About Humanity, we created a special edition candle (hand-poured by women refugees in the United States) and tote bag (hand-sewn by women in rural Bangladeshi communities).
As with all of our charity collaborations, 50 percent of the purchase price is donated to the This is About Humanity Fund and International Community Foundation. These groups work closely to meet the needs of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers who are affected by violence and instability in their home countries. We have raised over $35,000 to date!
2019 also marked the celebration of our Palisades store’s first birthday! It has been great to be able to connect to our customers face-to-face and have a space to showcase our beautiful fair trade, artisan-made products. This year, we also began our “Coffee + Conversation” series in the Palisades; with these intimate events, we are able to connect our community directly with groups such as Homeboy Industries and the Downtown Women’s Center, allowing them to hear about the power of their purchases.
Thank you so much for being a part of The Little Market community and helping us reach more artisans around the world. We can’t wait to see what the next year brings.