With growing consumer demand, a vast skilled workforce, and new and available technology, this is the time for innovation within the handmade sector.
Unique skilled labour
High quality, distinct, inherited artisan skills. A vast, ready and willing working population including younger generations who increasingly see the value in the sector.
80% mobile phone penetration is formalizing a distributed workforce. A metal worker’s wages rose 2.5x after joining SOKO’s mobile network across Nairobi.
2nd Largest employer
Despite being the 2nd largest employer in low income countries behind agriculture, the craft sector received 0.3% of all impact investing as per the last GIIN report.
The Sector Problem
The $52B handmade sector is growing yet highly skilled producers in low-income countries still lack access to markets, and financing.
At Powered by People, we are building digital tools with cutting edge technology to empower an effective handmade sector in emerging markets to play a mainstream role in the global economy. We enable buyer confidence and producer trust.
Discover distinct products from ethical sources. Easy, error-free and secure transactions. Supply chain transparency offering product provenance storytelling. UN Sustainable Development Goals impact dashboard.
Connect to buyers from international markets. Showcase products on our online marketplace. Access to financing and collateral building. Powerful mobile production optimization tools. Business intelligence and data analytics.