Co-founder of The Little Market
Hannah Skvarla is the co-founder of The Little Market. To source fair trade products for The Little Market she has visited artisans in Bolivia, India, Guatemala, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, and Thailand.
Hannah Taylor Skvarla graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising with a degree in Merchandise Marketing and received her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Film Studies in 2010 from Chapman University’s Dodge College.
She had the opportunity to travel in developing countries including Burma, Cambodia, Congo, Columbia,El Salvador, Ethiopia,Senegal, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, and Uganda with ngo’s such as Human Rights Watch (HRW), American Jewish World Service (AJWS), Landmine Survivors Network, and CARE, all focused on improving human rights.
Hannah serves on HRW’s California Committee South organizing events to raise awareness of the role of research and reporting in establishing more just societies. She was recognized by AJWS for her work to repair the world through philanthropy and social entrepreneurship.
She co-founded The Little Market with Lauren Conrad, inspired by the extraordinary works handmade by women artisans they discovered on trips to India, Bali, and Tanzania. She continues to visit and learn from artisan groups throughout the world to develop products using traditional materials and skills passed down from generation to generation. To meet with artisans and source products, she has traveled to Bolivia, India, Guatemala, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, and Peru. Locally, Hannah forms partnerships that allow the artisans to become part of a global community through the online marketplace.
Hannah was honored to be named Chapman University’s first recipient of the Albert Schweitzer Institute Rising Star Award in recognition of the work of The Little Market.
She is grateful to witness the power of The Little Market to bring together gifted artisans with customers who value their talents, changing the lives of families with fair wages, safe workplaces, and a commitment to family well being.