We wanted to profile a socially conscious series of brands that are truly making a social impact across the globe.
Soko connects consumers to artisans in underserved communities through a mobile platform. A mobile platform makes employing artisans in developing countries possible anywhere in the world. In Africa, the main source of technology is a cell phone. While most people in less developed countries don’t have computers, many of them do have cell phones. Soko saw this as an opportunity to connect online consumers with artisans who made handcrafted jewelry in less developed countries.
Let’s hear how they come up with the idea to develop a mobile platform and why it’s so important to purchase from a social good e-commerce store.
Because the response to our plantable packaging has been outstanding, we reached out to founder Heidi Reimer Epp of Botanical Paperworks. So many of you had questions about our environmentally friendly, plantable packaging (as did we), and we wanted to see if we can actually answer them! Heidi was super generous to agree to an online interview. We hope you enjoy learning about their plantable packaging process as much as we did!
This series chronicles your impact on the children of the Hopechest Carepoint in Kaberamaido, Uganda.
Thank you for doing your part in buying a soap bar between January 2013 and January 2014. A portion of the proceeds from your purchase enabled us to provide vitamins, conduct preliminary soapmaking research, donate soap, and conduct a handwashing workshop during Clare’s trip in late January 2014. In this series, Clare talks about her experience teaching women
In this series, Clare talks about her experience teaching women how to make soap bars. This is the first time the women are taught how to make soap. The soap-making trial run helped us better evaluate whether women would be able to build a business making soap.
It's a bit hard to believe that our non-profit vision is taking shape because it felt like yesterday when b.a.r.e. soaps was simply a vision. However, we're excited to share with you what the team was able to do last month, the truth and the difficulties on our non-profit work, and our long-term vision. Yes, that's a lot for one blog post! So we'll be breaking it up into a two part series.
For this week, we wanted to focus on what your purchases helped support during last month's trip. Because of you, we were able to donate 12 bottles of multivitamins, 19 pairs of reading glasses, and 52 bars of scented soap. We used the leftover non-profit funds from 2013 to purchase the multivitamins, and we still have a bulk left to deploy from 2014 proceeds. We will keep you posted as we deploy these funds in upcoming potential projects: educational/medical funds and seeds for argiculture.