New e-commerce site for humanitarian aid products

From Treehugger.com
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The Level Market wants to make the procurement of humanitarian aid and development products as easy as shopping on Amazon.

By streamlining the research and pricing process for lifesaving and life-changing humanitarian aid products, The Level Market aims to not only make it easier for organizations to find the right products they need to support their missions, but to also speed up the procurement of these items.

Even as the developed world breathlessly awaits the release of the latest iWhatsit, many of those in the developing world get out of breath just supplying clean water or food for their families, and the harsh reality is that simply having a basic shelter or the bare necessities of life is a daily challenge for many humanitarian aid recipients. And while there is no shortage of organizations and charitable endeavors that aim to alleviate human suffering by trying to deliver items such as tents, lighting, remote power sources, water filters, and clean cookstoves, the research and procurement process can move at glacial speeds.

But a team of committed individuals with experience in the aid sector has come together to create the Amazon of humanitarian aid products, with a focus on making it easier to find and compare quality products and get multiple quotes from suppliers and to then order them for their programs. The Level Market’s mission is “to provide a one-stop-shop for aid and development products,” and as of the platform’s launch this week, it is off to a great start, with a listing of more than 100 products across 8 categories, with plans to add much more in the near future.

“As aid workers ourselves, we experienced so much frustration when we searched for necessary products following disasters and for development work. We observed the emergence of marketplaces for every other industry, but sadly not for ours. So we left our humanitarian posts to build the next Amazon for aid. Little did we know when we started how enormous the industry really is. So we designed the site for scale, we took into consideration every type of aid buyer and every type of aid product.” – The Level Market

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