Hello followers of the Vendedy movement.
We are pleased to announce that in partnership with IBM and CGI affiliates,
Vendedy will launch a beta version of the Mobile Bidding Martketplace for Street artisans this November with artisans from Haiti.
Pre Orders for items on the platform will be released on Monday.
Starting January 2014 we will announce the release of artisan products from 20 Caribbean countries.
Announcements for products from South America, Central America, Africa and Asia will be in Spring 2015.
The Vendedy Startup Team.
A Disruptive Movement That Will Change Millions of Lives
Vendedy is a social enterprise startup that aims to create the first globally disruptive online bidding market that connects consumers to remote street artisans. Artisans on our platform upload their work via our mobile phone application, consumers bid on the items online and our local female agents ship items using our SMS tracking system. Imagine – you as a consumer can now have direct access to the most unique handmade designed products such as: jewelry, accessories, clothing, canvas paintings and more just with one bid. Not only will you connect with items of incredible value, but you can also connect with the artisans, hear their stories and have the opportunity to visit them during one of our global pilot tours. Are you ready to #DisrupTheNorm?
Why We Do It?
The reality of global poverty hits closer to home than ever before thanks to the internet. As of 2014, there are 7.1 billion people on the planet and half of them live on $2.50 a day. This harsh truth has initiated thousands of poverty alleviation initiatives but explosive impact is not easy to come by. We need practical solutions that incorporate the input of those in destitute poverty to see transformational progress.
Why Haven’t We Considered Street Vendors?
Street vending is perhaps the most natural solution to poverty alleviation. It is estimated that 2 billion street vendors contribute to a $10 trillion dollar global shadow economy. Street vending is the most immediate and dominant form of income generation for the urban poor. Many of the street vendors of the world are handcraft makers who create the world’s most beautiful gems with no training; just shear innate talent guided by cultural traditions. Once an individual has honed their craft making abilities, they have the power to create products and sell it to passerbyers. Unfortunately, the greatest challenge for street artisans is that they are dependent on inconsistent tourists and middlemen wholesalers who leverage power on profit and pricing of their work. Street artisans need global visibility and sustained income streams. With sustained incomes, the transition from poverty to a modest standard of living becomes a reality. The success of this endeavor on a global scale will revolutionize global economies by using the street vending industry to eradicate poverty.
A Proven Concept
Ebay was the first disruptive online platform for individuals to market and sell their goods. Etsy was the first disruptive online platform for artisans of the developed world. What will be the first disruptive online platform for artisans of the developing world? Vendedy is that platform! Currently there are thousands of pocket initiatives, organizations and websites that promote and sell rural artwork but a globally connected online mobile platform did not exist…until now.
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Ever wondered if there is a market for hand mades? Or are we continuously seeking manufactured clothing, accessaries, jewelry etc? Well some sense a change is coming and it might be quicker than you think.
Prior to the industrial revolution, “independent cultural production….[was a reflection of small-scale], artisanal manufacturing that placed humans at the center of the production process” (Tracee Tenessee). The value of this era was lost over time.
But today, society initiated a global rebellion against “mainstream consumerism and the unsustainable environmental” practices that comes with mass produced products, and the return to the purchase of cultured, unique items with story and purpose is now more common.
“Consumers buy handicrafts because they like to feel connected with indigenous traditions and cultures in a global and increasingly commoditized world.”
Not sure if this economy is picking up traction? Well, “Handicraft exports are expected to grow by about 50 per cent to $ 5 billion in 2013-14 on account of growing demand in emerging markets like China, Latin America and Africa” (indiacrafts report). According to US Aid- “the demand for “cultural goods” is projected to grow with rising international tourism” at a rapid rate because in analyzing the “home accessory market, which is often used to estimate the demand for handcrafted goods” we find that demand in this sector [during the early 2000’s was] “strongly influenced by fashion, consumer purchasing patterns, etc. at a global market value estimate of at least $100 billion”.
So the next item you buy may be the product of someone’s handiwork-and we think thats a good thing.
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In September 2014, Vendedy went to Port au Prince Haiti to initiate the first phase of a mobile bidding marketplace. The international team of volunteers traveled from Dubai, Croatia, New York, DC, Senegal and India to work in collaboration with local coordinators Daphnee Charles, Claudia Mortimer, Samantha Nader and the Delmas youth to spark the Vendedy movement.
Artisans from the Iron Market, Champ de Mars and Petionville were interviewed and screened for the platform with the support of Digicel Tcho Tcho Mobile.
We interviewed 50 artisans for the platform to launch the first beta version of the mobile bidding marketplace in November 2014.
Word of our efforts spread quickly as we shared the Vendedy story with ESIH, Fonkoze and HELPR.
Now what are our next steps?
We are currently aggregating the data and profiles received from the street artisan interviews (thanks in partnership with The Sustainability Platform). In coordination with our resources at IBM, we will release the beta version of the online bidding market with 100 artisans this November.
From 2009 we spent 5 years traveling to 26 countries across Africa, Asia and the Caribbean to document the stories of street vendors. 2014 is when we begin our global expeditions on boarding street artisans onto our global digital network to sell their handmade crafts directly with consumers like you. We begin our efforts with Haiti this September with a team of professionals who volunteered their time to our efforts and co-sponsored the first Vendedy Pilot.
Daphnee Charles is a Haiti-based agronomist who graduated two years ago from a private Haitian university “Université Quisqueya” with a scholarship from the Haitian Education and Leadership Program (HELP). Daphnee majored in Agro-economics and also completed a fellowship program at Dartmouth in 2010 as well as the Bridge Program at the Dartmouth’s Tuck BusinessSchool 2012. Daphnee is now working for a regional media NGO called “Panos Caribbean” and is the co-founder of Action Toward Initiative and Volunteering for Education in Haiti (ACTIVEH).
Deborah Hope is former chief risk and business ethics officer for global investment management at Prudential Financial, Inc. Prior to Prudential, she was chief compliance officer for The PNC Financial Services Group. After earning her JD from Georgetown University Law Center, Deborah began her career as legal counsel at the Federal Reserve after serving as senior law clerk to the Honorable Horace T. Ward, federal district court judge (ret.), in Atlanta. An alumna of the first fully matriculated class of women at Dartmouth, Deborah has served as treasurer of the Black Alumni of Dartmouth Association, Alumni Councilor, member of the President’s Advisory Committee on Trustees and on the Board of Overseers of the Hopkins Center/Hood Museum. Presently, Deborah is fully dedicated to civil rights and humanitarian activism.
Tena Pick is a social impact consultant. She is the co-founder of The Sustainability Platform, Head of Media at C3-Consult and Coach for a Cause and Dubai+Acumen chapter leader. Tena holds a Masters degree in Social Entrepreneurship from Hult International Business School. Prior to working in the social enterprise sector she has worked with one of the biggest Central European banks and Boston Consulting Group.
Joshua is the co-founder of The Sustainability Platform, an innovative social impact consultancy that operates in Dubai, focused on maximizing and measuring social impact for CSR programs, NGOs and SMEs in the Middle East and South Asia. Joshua is also the Regional Director of Hult Prize for the Middle East and Africa. Hult Prize is the largest crowd-sourcing platform for social good, with a $1m award for the most scalable and sustainable social enterprise developed to tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Journalism from NYU and a Master’s in Social Entrepreneurship from Hult International Business School.
Jacqueline Cofield is an international arts marketer, programmer, educator and filmmaker under her company J Rêve International, LLC. Jacqueline has lived in seven countries and traveled to over 40. She speaks Spanish and French fluently and is conversational in Italian. She possesses masters degrees in marketing and education from the University of Southern California, and The City College of New York respectively. At NYU, where she obtained a Bachelors in Fine Arts, she participated in an international seminar in Senegal, Africa.
Bayo Hassan Bello- is a part of our digital support team and sponsored part of the pilot. He is a software consultant at Blueshift Consulting and studies Computer Science at the University of Wollongong in Dubai.
Join a radical revolution. We travel to all corners of the world to slums, rural villages and other remote regions to identify street vendors who create the best crafts, jewelry, paintings, clothing and other artifacts that retains the culture of their region and the beauty of their stories. We are inviting you to be apart of something truly remarkable. Stay posted on our pilot locations this fall: Trinidad, DR, St.Lucia, Jamaica.
A couple of weeks ago we candidly dismissed the hand out culture that has been created to support the urban poor. There is a clear difference between support and empowerment; we believe the latter will be the solution to end global poverty.
We will be using the practice of street vending to end poverty by specifically working with street artisans of the rural slums and villages. Vendedy is a social enterprise that aims to create the first globally disruptive online market connecting consumers to remote street artisans. Imagine: you as a consumer or investor can now have direct access to the most unique handmade designed products such as jewelry, accessories, clothing, canvas paintings and more! All created by the urban poor of 150+ countries. Not only will you connect with items of incredible value, but you can also connect with the artisan who made your product, hear their story and have the opportunity to visit them during one of our global pilot tours.
In order to accomplish this, we need to scout artisans within their hometowns – country by country. We incur the costs of getting to them, but need help on-boarding each artisan at the cost of $25.
We launched a campaign to on-board as many artisans this fall across various countries in Latin America. Each person who purchases a shirt will have the option of sporting it on our site and sharing their reasons for supporting our movement. At the end of each country pilot, we will feature the street artisans we recruited with your support.
Join the movement! #DisrupTheNorm