Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Social Entrepreneur Chronicles

Some weeks ago, I received a really interesting email from Peep Laja about Sarah, a social entrepreneur who is chronicling her experiences about building her venture on her blog. I like Sarah's collaborative approach to building her start-up. I thought that Peep described Sarah's quest so aptly that I asked for his permission to re-post his entire email verbatum.

"A friend of mine is starting a social venture where she is helping to empower the indigenous women of Ngoble-Bugle (a tribe living in northern Panama) through giving them access to the world market by selling their amazing handicraft to the world. These women make the most amazing bags from plant fiber. It takes 2-3 months to make one bag, and they are awesome.

Until now these women had no access to the market. There are hardly any roads leading to where they live, not to mention anything else. Sometimes a buyer goes to the villages and forces these women to sell their bags for just a couple of dollars. Couple of dollars for bags which took over a thousand years to design and over 2 months to make. Now Sarah (the social entrepreneur in the making) is giving them a fair price for the work and providing these women access to the whole world.

She started a blog where she is talking about each step of setting up this venture. A great way to see positive change happening step by step.

Link: http://www.bagsmakeadifference.com"


Blogger shaina said...

This a a wonderful concept. Kudos to Sarah for this innovative idea and to you for writing about it! Her venture is a lot like Nest, an organization founded by a friend of mine to fund microloans to women artisans in developing countries. The women pay back their loans in product, and the proceeds help fund more loans. Female designers from the West also design products for Nest and donate the proceeds to Nest loans. The products are beautiful and natural, and the cause is great.


Keep up the good work!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's fantastic! what a great way to help a tribe out and as well help the business! Other women entrepreneurs should take a look into a concept like this!

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