Vendedy Featured Artists: MacArthur and Junior

Junior and MacArthur at there store in Boutilier, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Junior (right) and MacArthur at their store in Boutilier, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Like most island countries, Haiti is known for its rich colors, breath-taking beaches and its alluring weather. What sets Haiti apart is that it is the first Black republic in the Americas. This has instilled in its population a sense of pride and resiliency that is hard to match. All this and more makes Haiti the perfect tester country for Vendedy.

According to a Fox Business 2012 study, 77% of the Haitian population lives at or below poverty.  There is distinct difference between the hillside favelas and homes with swimming pools in the mountains. With rolling black outs and unpaved streets in some areas, people do not let this hinder their day-to-day. Port-au-Prince for example is a hustling and bustling city. Not only is the city quickly gaining ground rebuilding their damaged seaport, the amazing artists of Haiti have returned to growing their craft businesses as well.

Two of Vendedy’s featured artists reside in Boutilier. It is a picturesque area in the mountains of Port-au-Prince. One has to traverse a long and winding road in order to reach the two painters, but once you arrive you will soon realize their art and the view is worth it. The Boutilier team is comprised of a young man named MacArthur and his older mentor Junior.

MacArthur is 24 years old and learned to paint from his father. He has been painting since his younger years, mainly working with watercolors and oil on canvas. MacArthur’s paintings reflect everyday life in Haiti. MacArthur’s pride in his home country is revealed through his paintings of historic people and events  like Toussaint L’Overture and the Haitian Revolution. In the Mobile Bidding Marketplace, you will find a captivating painting of a dark figure blowing into a shell. Haitian slaves would blow into conch shells in order to announce a call to action during the Haitian Revolution. If you have an affinity for history and everyday life, MacArthur’s paintings are sure to impress.

Junior is MacArthur’s mentor and has been painting since he was a child. Now a man well into his 40s, Junior is a formative painter. He primarily works with oil on canvas as well. Junior’s art is more abstract than MacArthur’s. Junior pulls from Haitian proverbs to create the vivid scenes you will find in Vendedy’s marketplace. One painting of a tiger, deer and a snake is a visual of a Haitian proverb. The deer is depicted as running away from the tiger, but unaware of the snake on the other side of the river. Roughly translated, the proverb goes: sometimes when you try to run away from a problem, you run into another one. Another painting entitled “Tree of Life” invokes the message that we all come from Mother Earth. Junior’s paintings are perfect for the person who enjoys unique expression.

The Boutilier team has ten paintings each up for bid. They are also the creators of our featured luggage and card collection. Below is a taste of what they have to offer. Go bid for a one of a kind item TODAY at bid.vendedy.com.

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Sunset on Red Rolling Duffle

Large Black Duffel Sunset Depiction

Large Black Duffel Sunset Depiction

Ocean scene on small black duffle

Ocean Scene on Small Black Duffle

Le premier marché mobile de ventes aux enchères

Le premier marché mobile de ventes aux enchères
Pour les pays en voie de développement

Qu’entend- on par Vendedy?

  • Une simple conversation sur un blog entres des étudiants sur la numérisation de l’industrie de vente informelle dans les rues est maintenant devenu un mouvement artistique pour les pauvres des rues. “Vendedy” est surnommé « Etsy / Ebay des Caraïbes » en émergence et le futur «  Alibaba pour les vendeurs de rue». Il se positionne comme le premier marché mobile de ventes aux enchères mondiales
    pour les artisans de rues. Pour la première fois, les artisans de rues peuvent télécharger des photos de leur travaux sur des galeries en ligne via la technologie mobile ou des consommateurs du monde entier pourront y accéder et faire des propositions de prix sur une intervalle de 3-14 jours jusqu’a l’acquisition du produit. Ils pourront ensuite déposer leurs produits (ceux qui sont commandés) dans des centres de dépôt et enfin recevoir le paiement par SMS une fois que la commande est livrée. Les consommateurs auront accès à des produits d’artisans de rues pauvres accompagnés de leur histoire de plus de 150 pays.

 

Pourquoi Vendedy?

  • Nous sommes une start-up créée par des vendeurs de rues pour des vendeurs de rue. Notre histoire constitue notre principale force et la preuve fondamentale de notre capacité à camper cette entreprise. La fondatrice est la fille d’une longue lignée de femmes vendeuses de rues en provenance d’Haïti. Son arrière grand-mère vendait des bonbons dans sa village, sa grand-mère a vendu des aliments dans les rues de la capitale haïtienne et sa mère, Guelma Emile, a été la première dans sa famille à vendre des produits artisanaux alors qu’elle immigrait à New York City. Ainsi, on peut comprendre que cette activité s’est développée à travers plusieurs générations dans cette famille! La mère de la fondatrice de Vendedy, Guelma, a démarré une entreprise visant à supporter des vendeurs de rues avec une malle et un rêve. Elle a rempli deux malles des produits d’un vendeur de rue de Port-au-Prince et s’envola pour Columbus Circle Manhattan, elle a exposé ses marchandises sur une couverture et a tout vendu en deux heures. Elle a passé la prochaine décennie de sa vie dans la vente d’objets d’art de rue en provenance d’Haïti dans les marchés aux puces locaux et les coins de rue avant d’ouvrir une boutique à la jamaica Colleseum Mall en 1998. La boutique a fermé ses portes en 2010, l’année ou le tremblement de terre a frappé Haïti á cause de la rupture des chaînes d’approvisionnement. Les leçons ont été bien apprises et maintenant nous numérisons notre approche dans le but de promouvoir les artisans des rues d’Haïti et du monde entier.

Réalisations en cours:

  • Vendedy a d’abord été présenté comme un projet engagé dans la lutte contre la pauvreté lors de la conférence Clinton Global University Initiative en 2014. Ensuite il a reçu une couverture médiatique dans le National des Emirats Arabes Unis, IBM Global Entrepreneur 2014, Le Guardian TT, la Magazine d’entreprise sociale Hive, Le Gulf Elite, la Magazine Lioness, Le New quo, Ellevate 85 Broads EAU Next Level, le forum de Femmes 2.0 et Radio Solidarité 107,35 Haïti.

En 3 mois, nous avons conclu un partenariat avec IBM tout en misant sur le soutien d’entreprises comme la Digicel et les filiales de CGI (Cliton global initiative). Plus récemment, le lancement de Vendedy a reçu une couverture médiatique à la télévision nationale d’Haïti (TNH), Radio Caraïbe, Radio 1, Métropole TV et Magic 9.

 

Vendedy’s Disruption in 6 Months!

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In March 2014, the founder joined 1000 students selected as global change makers. In September 2014 Vendedy was invited to the 10th annual meeting as a Poverty Alleviation initiative. Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, (CGI), convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.
Partnership with IBM
After pitching the Head of IBM Global Citizenship in Brazil, the founder was recommended to apply to IBM’s Global Entrepreneurship Network. By July 2014, the partnership was completed in London. Vendedy now has a 3 year agreement with IBM to utilize its cloud, data, and equipment resources to provide this global solution for 150+ countries.

Bidding Marketplace Beta Launches on the 12th @Noon

 

Announcement

The Bidding Marketplace will launch on November 12th, 2014.

Link will go live at 12pm.

http://bid.vendedy.com/

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Press Release: Vendedy Beta Launch Haiti

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Beta Launches Mobile Bidding Marketplace in Haiti

November 10, 2014

New York, NY – Vendedy is beta launching in Haiti on November 12, 2014, just in time for the holiday shopping season. In partnership with IBM and affiliates of the Clinton Global Initiative, this startup aims to digitize the street vending industry by creating a mobile bidding marketplace for 2 billion street vendors across 150 emerging markets.

For the first time, street artisans can upload photos of their work onto an online gallery via mobile technology, wait for consumers to bid, and receive SMS payments for their work.

The first set of products to be featured are from Haiti, founder Christine Souffrant’s home country, before Vendedy scales across Latin America. The success of Vendedy in Haiti will secure its growth into other emerging markets all over the world.

We invite you to the press conference release on November 13, 2014 (10am) at the Oluffson Hotel. The address is Ave Christopher #60, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Given that their motto is “Disrupt the Norm,” this social enterprise is sure to do just that. Please visit their website for more information: www.vendedy.com.

Contact: Smith Sajous

E: smith.sajous@yahoo.com

Contact: Kiki Keating

E: kiki@kikinetwork.com

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Vendedy Enters a Partnership with IBM

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What started as a student blog conversation about digitizing the street vending industry is now a street vending movement for the rural poor. Dubbed the emerging “Etsy of the Caribbean” and the future “Ebay for Street Vendors”, the 6 month startup positioned itself as the first mobile bidding marketplace for street artisans in the world.

The aim is to digitize the street vending industry within the next 5 years. That means creating an e-commerce platform for 2 billion street vendors across the globe using data, cloud, and mobile technology.  The company actively searched for corporate partners to scale out its mobile technology during its early stages and caught the attention of IBM Brazil representatives during a pilot tour. The founder, Christine Souffrant, pitched  the business model to the Head of IBM Global Citizenship and was then recommended to apply to IBM’s Global Entrepreneurship Partnership Network.

By July 2014, the partnership was completed.

Vendedy now has a 3 year agreement with IBM to utilize its cloud, data, and equipment resources to provide this global solution for 150 plus countries.

Beta versions of for each market country will be released in 2015. A soft launch begins in Haiti this fall.

Please direct inquiries and requests for collaboration at support@vendedy.com.

Vendedy’s Involvement with the Clinton Global Initative

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In March 2014, the founder of Vendedy entered a global competition to join 1000 university students selected as global change makers. Christine Souffrant shared her personal vendetta against the exploitation of 2 billion street vendors around the world and traveled from Dubai to Arizona to join the network.

As a child, she witnessed the struggles her family faced shuffling from street corners to flea markets to survive and knew that technology can change this reality for billions around the world.

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It was an incredible experience. By June, she officially incorporated Vendedy under a simple concept: a social enterprise startup destined to digitize the street vending industry by connecting global consumers to remote street artisans using mobile technology. Christine  returned back to Haiti to pilot her idea with 60 artisans in the capital.

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The founder was invited to the 10th Annual Global CGI meeting in September, post the pilot , to give updates on Vendedy’s Poverty Alleviation initiative.

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To learn more about our involvement or to support our efforts, please reach us at support@vendedy.com.

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About the Clinton Foundation: 

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 180 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of
leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 2,900 commitments, which are already improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries.

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