These trends continue to show results and are proving more effective in current times, we believe in 2014 these trends will see stronger growth as more entrepreneurs will be eager to apply and realize their benefits.
On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, March 8th, we’ll like to highlight five brands that are using the power of commerce and design to uplift marginalized women. They are doing this by bringing beautifully crafted, one of a kind products to the global markets, handmade by female artisans from the developing world. These brands are using trade instead of aid to help women beat poverty. 31 Bits: A jewelry company that works with women artisans from Northern Uganda. The female artisans handicraft the jewelry using 100% recycled paper and other locally sourced materials. The California-based 31 Bits, has created a buzz around their jewelry collection, with Jessica Alba and few other celebrities being spotted wearing their stunningly beautiful pieces. Bliss: Works with adolescents girls and women from Pakistan, teaching them embroidery and needlework on fabric, which are then finished into stylish handbags for sale in global markets. Available in vibrant colors and hues, Bliss bags boasts of traditional embroidery and design from different regions of Pakistan, which the girls in the program design and …
D-Rev is possibly the only technology incubator in the Silicon Valley which is going after a very different market. Based in Palo Alto, amidst the usual tech startups of the Valley, they are designing solutions for the poorest socio-economic group which also happens to be the largest. 4 billion people make up this market segment and are living on less than $4 per day.
Tees At Risk markets t-shirts featuring innovative and thought-provoking designs by at-risk teens. The t-shirt sales help to fund non-profits that assist at risk youth.