El Pequeno Colibri is a fair trade, online store committed to selling the highest quality, handmade Peruvian textiles, pottery, folk art and jewelry.
ABOUT ALLISON LADD
After spending years navigating the corporate world, El Pequeno Colibri founder and owner, Allison Ladd, knew she wanted to get back to her roots as an artist and ceramist. She built on her business success, returned to graduate school at Harvard/Radcliffe to further develop her pottery skills, and opened her own ceramics studio in South Carolina. Finding success with her pottery designs in the US, she was led to Peru in search of potters who could help her produce her pottery and expand her manufacturing. As she puts it – within three days of her arrival in Peru, she was in love!
Allison traveled back and forth between the States and Peru for a few years, naturally rooting herself within the local artisan community. Her connection to the land, and the affinity she felt for the people, led her to relocate to Peru permanently in 2007, where she remains living and working among other local artisans today.
One thing Allison knew immediately was that she was witness to amazing artwork being completed using ancient techniques. She was fascinated by the culture, heart-struck by the people, and immediately aware of the displacement of many of the artisans whose lives had been devastated by years of terrorism and decades of isolation from the world. Her business is built on empowering Peruvian artisans and helping families grow small businesses.