Blog Interview with Hannah:
1. Tell us a bit about The Little Market.
The Little Market works with artisan groups in developing countries around the world who meet our fair trade, fair wages, and fair workplace standards. In this partnership the artisans create one-of-a-kind treasures, we offer design insights and the marketplace site, and customers allow the artisans to reach a global market. Each purchase makes it possible for the women to earn wages to support their families, for the artisan groups to offer health and education services, and for the customer to connect directly to the artisans.
2. How did The Little Market get started?
Lauren and I met in 2006 when were both attending the Fashion Institute of Design + Merchandising in Orange County. We traveled together to Bali, El Salvador, Tanzania, and Uganda. While traveling we met hardworking women who were struggling to support themselves. We wanted to find a sustainable way to help. We decided to set up an online store to support artisans from around the world. We worked with experts in International Development including non-profit Global Goods Partners to launch The Little Market in October 2013.
3. What do you want visitors to walk away with after visiting The Little Market?
We hope visitors have a new appreciation for handmade goods and how the sales of these items can empower the women who make them. When we meet women who continue on with hope despite living with hardships from extreme poverty to unimaginable trauma, it moves us to work as hard as we can on their behalf. We are humbled by the women we work with and grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in their future.
4. If you could visit any market in the world, which one would it be and why?
I have always wanted to visit the floating markets in Thailand. The floating markets are unlike any market I have ever been to. Vendors sell fruits, vegetables, and sweets from their Thai style canoes.
5. If you could take anyone with you to the market–who would it be?
Kristin Ess. She has an incredible eye for beautiful things. She is a great photographer and her photos capture incredible moments, gorgeous scenery and little details that most people miss.