How the Urban Poor Will Disrupt the Future Online Market

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A Disruptive Movement That Will Change Millions of Lives

Vendedy is a social enterprise in its startup stage that aims to create the first globally disruptive online market that connects consumers to remote street artisans. Artisans on our platform upload their work via our mobile phone application. Once a consumer purchases an item online, we utilize a female community network to micro-collect  items to be shipped out to you! 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 artisans, hear their stories and have the opportunity to visit them during one of our global pilot tours. #DisrupTheNorm

Why We Do It? 

Screen Shot 2014-07-11 at 8.41.21 PMThe reality of global poverty hits closer to home than ever before thanks to the Internet and the development of global news outlets. 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, organizations and philanthropic efforts, including the Millennium Development Goal to end poverty by 2015. For decades global players have initiated projects to decrease the rate of poverty with no long-lasting success. We need practical solutions that incorporate the input of those in destitute poverty in order to see transformational progress.

Why Haven’t We Considered Street Vendors?

IMG_2340 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.  Before the formalization of commerce, purchase of needs and wants were done directly and is a simple practice that can be done by anyone with a product to sell. It is no wonder that today street vending still remains 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 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

cropped-screen-shot-2014-03-29-at-10-16-08-am.pngEbay 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 platform did not exist…until now.

Our Humble Beginnings

Screen Shot 2014-07-10 at 11.15.41 AMThe story of Vendedy started in a village outside of Port au Prince, Haiti where a woman sold candies and sweets on the streets everyday, rain or shine, to support her children. Her daughter, Marie Emile, eventually picked up the concept and started selling cooked food in the capital. Marie Emile’s daughter, Guelma Emile, had the chance of a lifetime to immigrate to New York City. Like the women before her, she laid out a blanket on the busy street corner of Columbus Circle in Manhattan and sold all of the Haitian artwork she brought in two hours. From 1998-2010, she supported the dreams of eight Haitian street artisans, until the earthquake of 2010 ended her vision. By that time, her daughter Christine Souffrant, was tracking the stories of 31 street vendors across 26 countries thanks to the Gates Millennium Scholarship. Street vending is in our blood. And it’s time to shake the paradigm and give street artisans the global market they deserve for the gems they painstakingly create.

Join our movement (#DistrupTheNorm)

IMG-20140705-00074 (1) Vendedy Corporation has a strong global network. Within three months of operating, we yielded press coverage in the Ellevate (formerly 85 Broads) UAE Next Level Forum, the Social Hive Magazine of Trinidad, the National Newspaper of Dubai,  Gulf Elite Magazine, and the Clinton Global Initiative University Edition. Be on the look out for upcoming beta demos of our platform that we are co-creating with IBM Brazil. If you are interested in supporting our work, feel free to connect with us at infovendedy@gmail.com.

How A Shirt Can Change A Life

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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 and we believe the latter will be the solution we’ve been waiting for to end global poverty.

Screen Shot 2014-07-11 at 9.57.51 PMWe’ve thought of using the practice of street vending to end poverty, specifically targeting street artisans of the rural slums and villages. Vendedy is a social enterprise startup that aims to create the first globally disruptive online market that connects 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 in one of our global pilot tours.

Yet 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- which costs $25.  

We launched a campaign to onboard as many artisans this fall across 20 countries in Latin America. Each person who purchases a shirt has the option to showcase themselves wearing it on our site and sharing their reasons for supporting the movement. At the end of each country pilot we feature the street artisans we on boarded with your support.

Join the movement! #DisrupTheNorm

https://www.booster.com/disrupthenorm

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How to Market Street Art of the Poor to the World

 

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 Vended International is the first social enterprise startup that aims to create a globally connected online market platform connecting buyers to rural artisans. Chosen artisans upload their work via phone app and once orders are made online, local female villages micro-collect the items weekly to be shipped out in the local city center. The business model was based on currently global strategies of multinationals penetrating into the emerging markets. We are now combining the strength of that business model with digital technology.

The site launch is this fall 2014.

For now we are introducing the preliminary art collections of Brazil, Haiti and 26 other countries.

Brazil debutes Below: Share with friends!

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Haiti Pilot 2014

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Vended International Fellowship

Port au Prince, Haiti

Sept. 2014

What is Vended International? Vended International is the first womasocial enterprise that provides street vendors from destitute rural villages and slums direct access to the international consumer market. Our efforts were featured at the Clinton Global Initiative University summit, 85Broads Global Forum UAE Next Level, Social Hive Magazine and The National newspaper of Dubai, UAE. More information can be found here: http://vendedinternational.com/

Dartmouth Days 3972About the fellowship: From September 2nd -September 14th we are offering a 2-week experience in Haiti where you will support street artisans in Haiti alleviate themselves out of poverty. We need photographers, bloggers, and field volunteers. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

Benefits of the fellowship:

  • The story of a lifetime to experience the World’s first Black Haiti end Mex 045Republic-Haiti
  • Visits to NGO’s and organizations involved with Haiti’s post earthquake transition
  • Accommodation will be provided in Delma, Port au Prince (The Capital)
  • Food will be provided featuring local cuisine tastes
  • Recommendation letter for your efforts with Vended International
  • Invitation to the Haiti Handmade Summit on September 13th

More Logistical Details are available here:

 Haiti Pilot Schedule

(Costs: $250USD- Not inclusive of tour pricing)

  •  September 2nd ArrivalDartmouth Days 958
  • September 3rd Opening Ceremonies-Orientation Meeting
  • September 4th-6th Site Seeing Tours Around Hatii
  • September 7th- 12th- Field Visits to Street Vendors around the country side and capital
  • September 13th- Haiti Handmade Summit
  • September 14th Closing Ceremonies- Debrief Meeting
  • September 15th Departure

If interested please summit resume and cover letter at christine.souffrant@gmail.com.

Please Register and pay here: 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/haiti-fellowship-with-vended-international-tickets-11873346499

Support Our Initiative Letter

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Hello Family, Friends, and Peers!

Last year I took a leap of faith and resigned myself from a truly amazing career with M&T Bank. As difficult as that decision was, the transition gave me the opportunity to work with social entrepreneurs within the Dubai region. My efforts has landed me an invitation to the Clinton Global Initiative Summit this March in Arizona to share my social enterprise initiative.

I reach out to all of you in the hopes that you will support me with this social enterprise venture-Vended International.

Vended International is the first social enterprise that markets and sells the handcrafts of street vendors while providing them access to free educational seminars. The success of this endeavor on a global scale will revolutionize global economies by using the street vending industry to eradicate poverty.  Empower a street vendor. Change the world.

I’ve just launched a $10,000 budget campaign for our first pilot that will take place in Brazil from June 1st- July 7th 2014. Brazil holds one of the largest street vending communities in the world (2.5 million) and our pilot will access these vendors during the World Cup- a mega event that statistically increases the number of street vendors who capitalize on tourist inflow. Brazil is a major player within the global economy today and as such has great market potential for our future efforts.

What you can do to get involved?

Official launch websites and founder teams will be debuted in April but we have current platforms for you to track our progress:

Whether you can provide funding or partnerships, I truly appreciate you taking the time to read my humble request.

Best, Chris