In the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake, when everyone saw disaster, me and my co-founder Irma saw an opportunity to make a difference by providing a global stage for craftsmen from Nepal. That was when the idea of Planetlocal was born. Since then, we’ve fundraised for the disaster relief through small pop-up craft sales in Germany and run through lean concept development at courses during my Master’s degree. Until then we have been constantly putting the puzzle pieces together and we’re learning everyday how to better portray the works of our artisans and how to better serve our customers.
Back in April 2016, exactly one year after the earthquake, I found myself in Copenhagen participating in oikos Develop Prize— a social entrepreneurship competition geared towards addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals—with our newest team member, Julie Friis Nielsen. During the competition, we had the chance to receive great feedback from an impressive group of dedicated mentors (Heather Thomas, Michael Hedegaard, Sahra Josephine, Jacob Lennheden, Marianne Haarh alongside Liana Hoornweg, Gerardo Reyna and Pamela Lynn from Net Impact). In addition, the event really made us rethink how we should leverage our key strengths and how to best communicate them. After an intensive week with the mentors, we presented and won the final competition and the prizes from it have greatly boosted not only our enthusiasm but also given tangible effects through graphic design help by Frolina, web development consulting by Ljæon and strategy consulting by KPMG. I can therefore recommend to any fledging startups aspiring to work towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals that they participate in the Develop Prize to gain a very fruitful and enlightening experience.
After many iterations, Planetlocal took shape and we went live in the end of November last year. Planetlocal now brings you curated collections of unique jewellery, accessories, decor and spiritual products from developing markets like Nepal. All of our products have been sourced with fair treatment of workers and sustainability in mind, right from the start.
We have a vision for the sustainable future of handcrafted objects that blend traditional materials and techniques with the stories in lives that are woven into them. We are more than an e-commerce platform; we are on a bold mission to provide a meaningful platform for amazing artisans from developing countries worldwide, to empower women through skill development and to help our artisans build a better future for their families. Thus with every purchase you make, comes a lasting impact on their lives.
PLANETLOCAL PRODUCTS STITCH THE LOCAL STORIES OF OUR ARTISANS ONTO THE GREAT CANVAS OF OUR DIVERSE PLANET. YOU CAN HELP US WRITE THE FUTURE.
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