The uber talented craftswomen at the LLI have been busy in creating some exceptional handmade products for the upcoming holiday season sale. These artisan women work meticulously on their handlooms, weaving these bright and festive products to help & support their families. A lot of love, care and passion go into every thread that they meticulously knot with their nimble fingers.

Artisan Alejandra- LLI Women's Program
Artisan Alejandra- LLI Women’s Program

Our hand-knit scarves are made by Alejandra and Nelida, both skilled craftswomen with years of experience. It´s made using an Alpaca blend, so it’s super soft. They both do beautiful work and they’re very creative in their own ways, always thinking of new possibilities and products. This and many other scarf styles and colors will be available for purchase at the fairs.

LLI Women Artisan Program
The Light & Leadership  Women’s Program

Here’s is a tote bag, by Herminia, one of our newest artisans. She, in a few short months, has been able to develop an entire line of products based off of the iconic Peruvian textile fabric, shown in this incredible (and new!) bag featured in the photo below.

The Light & Leadership Women’s Program

Those who have purchased products from LLI before might be familiar with Daria, LLI’s “resident” weaver. Daria’s loom is located in her home, where she works to support her family. Her products are extremely well made with love and care, as she is so passionate about her craft.

LLI Artisan Daria With Her Hand-loom
LLI Women’s Program- Artisan Products


artisan products

Here are the details of where you can buy them (in Chicago):

October 4th, 2014, LLI will be at the “Trinity Troll” Market from 12 to 4 PM.

Trinity Christian College

DeVos Athletics & Recreation Center, 6601 W. College Drive, Palos Heights, IL

November 1st and 2nd, LLI will be at the Andrew High School Craft Fair in Tinley Park from 9 am to 4 PM

9001 W.171st Street, Tinley Park, Illinois 60487

December 6th and 7th, LLI will be at the Fair Trade Bizarre at Fourth Presbyterian Church (who also gave us the grant for the teen center, FYI) from 9 am until 2 PM.

126 E. Chestnut Street, Chicago, IL (on Michigan Avenue)

December 20th, LLI will have a “last chance” Christmas shopping event at the Bagelers Coffeehouse in Lincoln Park, Chicago. Stay tuned for times, but find more info on the cafe here:

A note for our local supporters: LLI’s annual fundraiser the “Alpaca Party” will not be hosting artisan goods this year–please join us at one of the locations above!


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