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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Réalisations en cours:
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.
The Bidding Marketplace will launch on November 12th, 2014.
Link will go live at 12pm.
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
To learn more about our involvement or to support our efforts, please reach us at email@example.com.
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.