Vendedy Haiti Pilot Reflections

Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 4.35.11 AM

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.

DSCN0025

20140903_185603 RSCN0466

 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.

DSCN0012

DSCN0019

We interviewed 50 artisans for the platform to launch the first beta version of the mobile bidding marketplace in November 2014.

20140906_120952 DSCN0494 DSCN0515 IMG_2886

Word of our efforts spread quickly as we shared the Vendedy story with ESIH, Fonkoze and HELPR.

Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 4.31.44 AM Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 4.32.29 AM Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 4.32.53 AM

Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 4.32.11 AM

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.

Stay tuned!

Meet the Haiti Pilot Team

Screen Shot 2014-07-08 at 2.50.19 AM

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.

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 4.44.39 PMAnne- Claudia grew up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Living in a third-world country has exposed Claudia to certain realities that others may never experience. She has gone through coup d’etats, a country shut down under former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, constant fear from regular kidnappings and manifestations, and is a survivor of the January 12th 2010 earthquake in Haiti. She decided to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in the United States where there were more opportunities and so, moved to Providence, Rhode Island after completing high school in Haiti, and attended Providence College. She majored in Global Studies/International Relations with a minor in Business. To feed her passion for the global landscape, Claudia spends her time traveling and working with international companies and organizations to combine her International Relations and Business backgrounds. Claudia is now pursuing her Masters degree in International Business at Hult International Business School in Dubai, UAE.

Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 12.26.34 PMDaphnee 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”. Panos works to amplify the voices of the poor and the marginalized through the media and ensure their inclusion in public and policy debate, in order to enable Caribbean communities and countries to articulate and communicate their own development agenda. As part of her work, Daphnee leads regular training for community leaders, civil society organizations, and journalists to better communicate biodiversity and climate change concepts and raise awareness among the Haitian population and in the Caribbean region. Daphnee is also the co-founder of Action Toward Initiative and Volunteering for Education in Haiti (ACTIVEH), a social Haiti-based organization created in 2012 with the goal to promote volunteering work among the Haitian youth.

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 4.44.51 PMDeborah 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, where she was the architect of enterprise governance and compliance risk management, related mergers and acquisitions strategies, policies and program development that set the industry standard post-Sarbanes Oxley. Before that, Deborah held a number of senior legal positions at Citigroup/Citicorp, including general counsel to global audit and risk review and chief counsel for global compliance. For several years prior to joining Prudential, she managed a successful private practice and consulting firm that specialized in integrated legal, compliance, governance and risk management tools and solutions for large financial services companies. 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. Her civic involvement includes delegate to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, Advisory Board of Unified Progress International Education, the nonpartisan Election Protection coalition formed and administered by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and The Innocence Project.

Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 12.28.25 PMTena is a social impact consultant passionate about applying her skills to help start ups in the developing world. 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. She holds various workshops on the theory of change and social business basics and is a monthly contributor to Training Magazine Middle East. Tena’s main interests include women empowerment, economic inclusion and community development, as well as social impact measurement. She is an international board member of two South Asian NGOs and core team member of Social Enterprise Week, an annual social enterprise conference held in Dubai. Tena hold 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.

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 4.45.04 PMJoshua 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. He is a development economics specialist with international experience in the for- and non-profit industries, and is passionate about social enterprise project design, implementation, and scalability. 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. Joshua is experienced in high-level diplomacy in both the public and private sector with government leaders and company executives through his time with the Head of State team at the Clinton Global Initiative and currently as a Partner at EMCOP, an engineering services company whose principal is Mitsubishi Electric. He is committed to bridging the gap between the organizational efficiency of the private world and the mission of social enterprises, specializing in social impact measurement. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Journalism from NYU and a Master’s in Social Entrepreneurship from Hult International Business School, and competed in the Hult Prize 2012 winning the London regional finals in the energy track.

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 4.45.10 PMJacqueline Cofield is an international arts marketer, programmer, educator and filmmaker. A multimedia producer, Jacqueline is currently developing international film, television and digital projects under her company J Rêve International, LLC. In the realm of filmmaking, her interests lie in developing international stories about women, the African diaspora, and the arts. A New York native, her work in marketing, production, business development and event management includes projects for The Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, Italy; Sony Music, Columbia Pictures, Disney Consumer Products, Paramount International TV and the Sundance Film Festival. She’s also conducted business development in Hong Kong & Shenzhen, China. 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. She also attended Yale University and The Spanish Language Institute in Cuernavaca, Mexico.Jacqueline founded D’Fine Arts, an event series for emerging artists of all disciplines in New York City.

Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 12.39.40 PMBayo 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.

Accra, Ghana- Street vendors sells handmade wood and brass bracelets

Accra, Ghana- Street vendors sells handmade wood and brass bracelets

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.

How the Urban Poor Will Disrupt the Future Online Market

DSC02585

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

IMG-20140705-00073 (1)

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.

Screen Shot 2014-07-11 at 9.57.51 PMWe 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

https://www.booster.com/disrupthenorm

IMG-20140705-00074 (1)

 

#DisrupTheNorm

How to Market Street Art of the Poor to the World

 

Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 11.12.49 AM

 Vended International is the first social enterprise that aims to create a globally connected online market platform connecting buyers to rural artisans. Chosen artisans upload their work via our phone app and once orders are made online, local female villagers collect the items weekly to be shipped out through the local city center. The business model was based on current 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 debuts below: Share with Friends!

Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 10.50.25 AMScreen Shot 2014-06-25 at 10.59.26 AM Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 10.57.55 AM Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 10.56.41 AM Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 10.56.11 AM Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 10.55.41 AM Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 10.54.58 AM

Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 10.53.56 AM Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 10.51.55 AM

Haiti Pilot 2014

Haiti

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 2.00.14 PM

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