Green Festival Speakers

Lia Valerio



Lia Valerio is the co-founder of Malia Designs, a Fair Trade handbag and accessories company, created to increase economic opportunity for marginalized women and to fight human trafficking in Cambodia. Starting with Valerio's trip to South East Asia after her service in the Peace Corps in 2000, Lia and her partner both independently recognized the need for women to have a secure and safe source of income. After completing her Master's degree at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs in 2004, Valerio's and her partner began the process of developing Malia Designs, which aims to create a business where everyone – from producers to customers – can benefit from their efforts to bring beautifully designed and carefully crafted handbags and accessories to American markets.