Here a some pretty sweet social enterprise products to rock on Independence Day this year. A few beers and and some good food with family and friends are what this day is all about, but hey you can also look good as well, no harm in that. Check these products out that have style and purpose that fit Americas day very well.
MyClo, is a social enterprise bringing high quality American fashion to disrupt the headwear industry. As a college sophomore doing research on micro-finance in a small village in Honduras co-founder, Niranjan Kumar, saw first hand the major impact that micro-loans had for small businesses. He came back to the US dreaming of different ways to create a similar impact. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Economics and Public Policy, he teamed up with his good friend Devan Anderson, a Menswear Designer & accomplished Digital Strategist, to create MyClo. Founded on the principles of entrepreneurship, MyClo is an American made headwear company that purpose a $10 microloan for every item sold to entrepreneurs within the United States. In alliance with their nonprofit partner Kiva, they have already supported 11 Entrepreneurs and are ready to exponentially increase their impact in 2016. Learn More
Sales of TOMS Shoes, Eyewear, Coffee and Bags drive Giving through the TOMS One for One® model. Every time a TOMS product is purchased, a person in need is helped. The TOMS Giving Team collaborates with Giving Partners to plan how the partners’ work, by giving TOMS products or helping the partners to provide services. Over 2 MILLION CHILDREN have been protected from hookworm with medication and TOMS Shoes provided by TOMS Giving Partners.
Cotopaxi sells amazing outdoor gear and give back to humanity. They want to disrupt the outdoor industry and inspire companies to do more for the world. Because they sell directly to you online, they offer higher-quality products without the retail markup. Each piece of Cotopaxi gear is tied to a humanitarian cause in one of the poorest regions of the world. We tell you where your money goes in a tangible way. For example, buy a Cusco pack and help educate a child in Peru for one week at Qosko Maqi. When you buy a Cotopaxi +India water bottle, you give clean water to a person in India for six months through our partner, charity: water.
MItscoots is a company that was born from the dire need for socks among the less fortunate. They saw a problem and are doing something about it. Three things in fact. They sell 100% great American gear. For every item you purchase, they will give an equal quality item to someone in need. And finally, they take pride in employing the transitioning homeless.
The BANGS model is built to invest 20% of net profits to help start businesses. Every month, they hand-select entrepreneurs to invest in their business ideas. All entrepreneurs are vetted + the loan dissemination and repayment is facilitated by their nonprofit partner, Kiva. Each entrepreneur builds their business and then repays their loan. 99% of loans given through the nonprofit partner are repaid. This high repayment rate indicates an extremely high rate of successfully growing businesses. Learn More
Yellow Leaf Hammocks. They are breaking the cycle of extreme poverty through sustainable job creation. They use amazing and talented artisan weavers who were historically trapped in extreme poverty. Now they are empowered to earn a stable, healthy income through dignified work. This is the basis for a brighter future and community, built on a hand up, not a handout.
The Inkkas company is founded on the principles of fair trade and global philanthropy. Inkkas are crafted with respect for the environment and the people who make them. As part of the OneShoeOneTree project Inkkas plants one tree for every purchase. In partnership with TreesForTheFuture Inkkas is helping reforest the world and provide sustenance for local populations in developing countries.
Grant is the founder of Causeartist, one of the most influential impact business platforms in the world. Since 2013, Causeartist has been read in over 200 countries. Grant has personally interviewed over 600 impact entrepreneurs from around the world, highlighting innovations in ethical fashion, climate change, ethical technology, impact investing, and sustainable travel.