WE'VE sells artisan goods via a unique pre-order system that protects the price for buyers and sellers alike by assuring that production doesn’t begin until a minimum order quantity is reached. Using this unique system, the artisans know they won’t have to buy supplies or invest time until they receive a minimum order.
WE’VE embodies the vision of Eve Blossom, a trained architect who discovered a passion for artisan goods in Southeast Asia while restoring villas in Vietnam. She met master artisans, learned their stories and was moved by their remarkable spirit. In 2004, Eve founded Lulan to empower artisans through a viable economic engine – building stable livelihoods. By partnering with over 650 artisans in Cambodia, India, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, Eve recognized the opportunity to connect designers with artisans across the world, and thus WE’VE was formed.
Passionate about health equity, women’s leadership, entrepreneurship and community development, Catherine Lajara is Founder & CEO of Novel Research of New York, an independent clinical research center in the Bronx, New York City. Their aim is to bring diversity and eliminate disparities in clinical research. "What keeps me “awake” is my community. There is a significant geographic disparity within racial and ethnic minority groups that lack access to health information and resources. In effort to eliminate this, my company is involved in community outreach and participates in health initiatives to provide free health screenings, educational material on health equity, prevention, early detection and treatment as well as providing the community with access to clinical trials." (read more) Connect with Catherine on @catlajara @nrofny http://www.nrofny.com
Dulski, 41, is the most recent addition to Change.org executive team. She first came across the website in 2011, when the parents of Trayvon Martin posted a petition to prosecute their son’s killer, whom police had initially failed to charge. Almost 2.3 million people signed that petition, and Jennifer was one of them.
At the time, Dulski had a high-paying, high-level position at Google's shopping and ads group. Jennifer was the first woman to sell a company (a deals merchant called DealMap) to Google.
Dulski believes that Change.org is on the brink of becoming a household name, given that 40 million people have signed petitions in the past five years. She had the same hunch about an internet company she joined in the mid-90s, shortly after graduating from business school. That startup was Yahoo...
Leila Janah, an award-winning social entrepreneur using technology and lean business methods to promote social justice. She is founder Founder and CEO of Samasource, a non-profit social business that connects people living in poverty to microwork - computer-based tasks that build skills and generate life-changing income, now part of the broader field of impact sourcing. Samasource has moved 3,800 workers and their families over the poverty line in under five years and spun out a domestic program. As a young entrepreneur, Leila is an inspiration for young aspiring women in the field of social entrepreneurship, and has proven the massive commercial opportunities and returns available through well-developed social justice programs.
After a decade in product development and time served at a learning disability charity, Zoe Peden set up Insane Logic, a digital social business that builds technology to help with language development and communication issues. Check Zoe's 5 fundraising tips for social entrepreneurs and the question she would have loved an angel to ask her...
Born in a small village in Northern Italy, Ilaria Forte has travelled across the length and breadth of our planet to find the meaning and purpose of her own life. As the founder of radicalfuture, a global network of human and social scientists, futurists and creative professionals, she has initiated and facilitated several social, creative and radical change initiatives around the globe.
About Commercial Disobedience and Innovation in Fairtrade... Read about Veja, a unique social business!
Servane Mouazan's insight:
Servane Mouazan interviews Aurélie Dumont, Country Manager for VEJA in the UK.
S: What's the buzz about Veja?
A: Veja is a brand of ecological and fair trade footwear and accessories which was established in 2004. Veja strives to offer a different vision which combines fashion, fair trade and ecology and links together economy, social initiatives and the environment. It is a vision that proposes cultural change.
Working directly with co-operatives of small producers across Brazil, Veja uses ecological materials such as organic cotton, wild Amazonian rubber and acacia-tanned leather to create sneakers and accessories.... Read More.
"Bertheline Nina Tchangoue is a real superstar. [...]
She’s shaking things up as a prominent member of the movement to improve quality learning for girls in her native Cameroon. And she’s a member of the UN Global Education First Youth Advocacy Group, so you know that when Nina speaks, world leaders are listening.
Women Thrive Worldwide caught up with Nina at the July 2013 United Nations Youth General Assembly to talk about one of the most significant issues of the 21st Century – educating the world’s girls."
It was in my job as a photographer that my mind was first opened to the human cost of HIV/AIDS. My assignments documenting the effects of this epidemic, specifically its toll on women and girls, left me with an anger that I needed to channel in a productive way. [...]
Every day, countless lives are lost to a disease prevented by something that can be bought in any western convenience store. It is unacceptable to me that condoms - a basic tool for HIV prevention and contraception - are not available to all. Where someone lives in the world should not determine whether they live or die from this disease.
I have since dedicated myself to the making of L. Safe sex is our human right, and L. is an option for us to take that stand in a way that resonates with our day-to-day lives. Follow on Twitter: @LovebeginswithL
Jessic says: "Another valuable lesson came later on when I made the decision to leave the organization. So much of my life was built into this dream. I wanted to see if I could do something valuable a second time, maybe even a third or fourth. It was a sobering and beautiful realization to think there were other people who could care for and nurture the organization. The decision to leave also helped me to put work in its right place. It had become so much of my identity."
Created by LanVy Nguyen, Fashion4Freedom is an independent fashion house founded on the basis of Fair Trade, Ethical Production, Community Development, and Social Justice for those exploited for their labor, youth, and bonded by their poverty. With their communities of craftsmen, artisans, designers, and ethical manufacturing partners, they seek to change current garment production practices.
Millions of children are "employed" for us to wear jeans...
MEGHAN SHEA has built a simple water filter using a common tree seed that can effectively remove bacteria such as E. coli and other pollutants. Distributing the easy-to-follow instructions on how to build the filter to developing countries could potentially save lives, she said.
“For people who are currently drinking contaminated water and don’t have access to another (filtration) method, I think this is really a step in the right direction,” Meghan Shea, an 18-year-old student at Unionville High School from West Chester, Penn., told NBC News.
Fake limbs don't have to be a replacement: they can also be an upgrade. To this end, prosthetics artist Sophie de Oliveira Barata founded The Alternative Limb Project in 2011, in which she turns them into artworks. Now, she's taking the idea further with a her "gadget limbs.
After 26 years as an athlete, an international sports career, and a university degree in Sports Administration, sport is far from simply being a pastime for Ana Marinovic.
Ana is Founder and President of a program in West Africa, and has just been recently acknowledged by Guinea's Ministry of Youth, Youth Employment & Sport and granted an official mandate for the programme "Love Guinea Basketball".
Love Guinea Basketball's mission is to create ethnic and social unity in Guinea through sport. "We are a non political board of 9 members supported by a qualified technical committee, all of whom are driven toward providing the youth of Guinea opportunities through sport. One of our main aims is to upgrade Guinea’s National Sporting Stadium – “Stade du 28 Septembre” - which is impoverished by poor facilities, infrastructure and equipment. The stadium represents a place of animosity and pride following a violent and bloody outbreak in 2008. The country has come along way since these events as a sporting nation, and the stadium now boasts the showcasing of Guinean sporting talent in basketball, volleyball, karate and boxing."
Diana is an Albanian mother who has established her workshop for traditional handicrafts in the historic city of Shkodra. Diana’s family produces household textiles in loom, a technique passed down through generations for more than 150 years. This old textile tradition in Shkodra is kept alive through innovation and the creativity of the artisans by using original designs while introducing new types of products that keep up with modern tastes and trends.
Social Entrepreneur and CSR consultant Malin Roux is the founder of the new Swedish NGO Realstars. Active since 2010, Realstars have influenced individuals, decision makers and companies to promote fair sex and to put an end to sex trafficking. Click on title to read further... And for more information about Malin and Realstars, connect to their Social Media Channels:Web: www.realstars.euTwitter: @realstars_euFacebook: www.facebook.com/realstars.euCampaignhttp://realstars.eu/for-fair-sex/
"Kavita was visiting her grandmother in India when she accidentally swallowed tap water while brushing her teeth. She panicked, but with a flurry of activity in the kitchen, her grandma produced a murky brown concoction of herbs and spices for Shukla to drink—and she never got sick. She was fascinated by her grandmother's wisdom and, when she returned home to the U.S., began experimenting with the effects of various spices by dipping strawberries into them to find out which prevented bacteria and fungus from growing." Connect with Kavita through @fenugreen and visit http://www.fenugreen.com/
In Tallahassee, Fla., two women are upping the urban-farming ante. Claire Mitchell and Danielle Krasniqi started Ten-Speed Greens last November. They not only grow lettuce, tomatoes, and other produce on a formerly vacant lot in the city, they literally pedal their wares to local restaurants and cafes on a pair of bicycles.
If that wasn’t eco-friendly enough, Mitchell and Krasniqi make their deliveries with a pair of bikes made by a Tallahassee-based cycle-maker who uses their city-grown veggies to supply his other business — a vegan restaurant... read more.
“I left my job as a judge because I wanted to work with women directly.” When Mahfuza Folad talks about the choice she made five years ago to start the Justice For All Organisation, she makes it sound so easy. Yet leading an organization dedicated to expanding access to justice for women and girls in Afghanistan is a daily act of courage and determination.
"Following Instinct" : Amaryllis Fox is the founder and CEO of mulu, an online tool-making global publishers' content shoppable for charity. Amaryllis described Mulu's mission as: "We're trying to use peoples' good taste in gadgets, books or shoes to help build health clinics in Sudan." Fox is a veteran of aid worlk along the Thai-Burmese border.
Mulu's model is centered around splitting affiliate revenue with users and users' charities. In February, 2012 Forbes highlighted this model as a transparent alternative to other social sharing sites collecting affiliate revenue without disclosing or splitting with users. Follow @amaryllisfox and @mulu on Twitter