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Ann Bernstein leads the Centre for Development and Enterprise in Johannesburg, South Africa. In her new book, The Case for Business in Developing Economies, she makes the case that the problem is not unethical corporations. Instead, she insists there are not enough businesses operating in countries like South Africa, which suffers from an unemployment rate that is anywhere from 24% to 33%.
Spearheaded by Valerie Mayan, Buzz & Growl gives designers and seamstresses space and resources to continue their work and education where opportunity otherwise does not exist. Most struggling designers do not have access to costly professional equipment or space to create proper, sellable work. They are relegated to sewing in confined spaces with improper tools, halting their creative potential and success. You can change that by voting for this project to get a Pepsi-Cola grant!
Now just in time for the holidays, Khunu has rolled out an impressive collection of women’s outerwear, or as the company describes it, adventurewear. The sweaters are well tailored, and women will love them for their slimming effect—the quality of yak wool allows such sweaters to keep their shape. Currently the line is available for order on the internet: and within the United States, shipping by USPS Priority Mail is free.
Indego Africa partners with other organizations as well as it works to improve the lives of women and their families. In the case of the Ingenzi Knit Union, women there benefit from U.S.-based NGO Rwanda Knits, which provides knitting machines as well as technical training and business classes to ensure the women’s success. Now their work is showcased in Anthropologie's stores.
In India, Andhra Pradesh's government is considering legislation that would curb lending rates and avert abuses that MFIs often undertake in recouping their loans. These borrowers, most of whom are women, feel squeezed between the MFIs and the self-help groups (SHGs) under whom they work. But they may finally gain some help--their plight has caught the attention of officials who feel they can no longer just shake their heads as they read the daily newspapers, which have highlighted these deaths.
Palindrome Apparel, founded by Jared Shahid and James Reilly, will donate 20% of all retail revenue to non profit organizations. The company is not the first to donate a portion of its profits to charities or NGOs. But where Palindrome sets itself apart from other apparel firms is its “one palindrome : one cause” model, which partners a non-profit with a corresponded designer t-shirt.
Through November 30, MasterCard and Hôtel de la Paix will team up to fund a sewing school that will teach women the skills they need in order to support themselves. The funding will occur thanks to a US$50 donation that will be made for every Hôtel de la Paix bill paid with a guest’s MasterCard.
Ethix Merch, in business in Milford, Mass., since 2002, matches over 100 factories with clients that are seeking friendlier alternatives to the laser pen or plastic keychain.
Former boxer Zeljko Mavrovic is a successful grain producer and baker, educating Croatians about organic food and sustainability while providing economic opportunity. According to Mavrovic, he wanted to invest his boxing earnings “in something that would not only allow me to continue to grow personally, but also to bring benefits to a larger community and to planet Earth.”
Aaron Pattillo and Julian Wilson founded Khunu, a men’s knitwear company with offices in China and Colorado, last year. During a trip to Tibet in December 2008, the pair, frozen at 16,000 feet above sea level, learned about the virtues of yak wool from their Tibetan guides. The chance meeting has evolved into a company, combining sustainability, economic reward, and quite bluntly, rather cool (er, very warm) clothing.
Do you have a great idea but need to make it scale? Not sure how you can get to that next step? Jeff Hayes, Principal of the Vector Group, an LA-based management consultancy, will lead a workshop Wednesday night in Santa Monica, titled the “Make-It-Happen Entrepreneur Workshop.”
What, 4 t-shirts for $20? Tempting isn't it? And that's probably a high price. Stores like Old Navy, H&M, C&A (a German company all over Latin America--admittedly a favorite of mine), and then all those outlet centers from Gilroy to ...