We are so excited to introduce a new artisan group partnership at the The Little Market, Olive & Annie!
Based in Kenya, Olive & Annie supports Maasai artisans as they work toward financial independence. Before joining Olive & Annie, the majority of the artisans were struggling with poverty or with finding sustainable employment. Now, they have access to key resources, from educational opportunities to health programs.
Olive & Annie is a branch of She Matters, a charitable organization that supports survivors and advocates who are united in healing, support, education, training, and advocacy. Olive & Annie was named after two young girls at ZLT Hope Homes whose mothers struggled with addiction after giving birth at a young age and experienced poverty and sexual assault. Every purchase of this collection supports Olive & Annie and fair wages for hardworking artisans.
We are excited to introduce this new jewelry at The Little Market! Artisans at Olive & Annie are dedicated to using 100 percent recycled brass materials and to following eco-conscious practices.
Each piece takes anywhere from 15 minutes to three hours to create. Our collection includes dainty necklaces and a beautiful cuff, which are gold-plated.
We are also introducing leather moccasins for babies for the first time. In a Nairobi-based workshop, artisans practice an intricate leatherworking technique. The artisans have learned and mastered this skill during their time with Olive & Annie. Each moccasin is carefully cut and stitched, and the beads are purchased from local merchants. Chrome-free dyes are used, ensuring there are no harmful chemicals in the process.