How The Level Market is Making an Impact on Global Health

  By creating the “Amazon of Aid,” The Level Market aims to make an impact on global health. Our goal is to make it easier for organizations outside the UN system to find, procure, and deliver essential medical supplies to those in need, whether that’s a rural clinic in Central America or a community in need[…]

Why It Should be Global Climate Change Week Every Week

As the hurricane-generated debris continues to settle and the California wildfires continue to roar, we are left with pits in our stomach upon reading headlines: ‘deadliest’, ‘most destructive’, ‘most powerful’. These are a few of the definitive words and phrases that are used to describe the effects of climate change. Our global climate is changing and[…]

Red Tape Redress: What The Response in Puerto Rico Reveals About Aid Procurement

by Stephanie Cox, The Level Market “We are dying. And you are killing us with the inefficiency.” This was the heartbreaking truth leveled at the US (and the world) by the Mayor of San Juan 10 days after Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico. As those working in procurement of relief supplies, we[…]

22Lightbulbs: Taking the Portable Light Industry by Storm

In this episode of 22Lightbulbs, we talk with LuminAID founder Andrea Sreshta. A duo of aspiring young women sit at the cornerstone of LuminAID. Our guest, Andrea Sreshta, and her co-founder Anna Stork, have embarked on a mission that incorporates humanitarianism and sustainability within the portable solar-light industry. LuminAID was conceived in the wake of the Haitian earthquake[…]

How Peace Fights Poverty

With record numbers of displaced people and man-made and natural disasters already putting strain on the international community, 2017 has been chaotic, violent, and unpredictable.  As we head towards 2018, inching closer to our 2030 milestones, it’s important to remember peace. This unassuming noun seems to become more and more fleeting as nations around the[…]

World Humanitarian Day 2017

World Humanitarian Day – Civilians are #NotATarget On August 19, we celebrated United Nations World Humanitarian Day – an event that resonates with the core of what we do at The Level Market and why. Each year thousands of civilians – including hundreds of humanitarian aid workers – are assaulted, injured, kidnapped or killed in[…]

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Sourcing Aid Supplies: 7 Featured Case Studies from The Level Market

The Level Market has helped a wide variety of customers around the globe source supplies for their humanitarian programs. The following case studies illustrate just some of what The Level Market is capable of. Discover what companies like yours have to say about finding success with TLM!  Lighting up emergency shelters While building its signature[…]

Sustainability from the Sun

Pulling out of the Paris Climate agreement, rising sea levels, a growing scarcity of natural resources. Social enterprises and humanitarians alike: How are you going to help quell this looming fear of irreparable environmental degradation? Providing aid and promoting development is a great start, but in this era of humanitarianism, these actions must be viewed through[…]

EcoZoom

22Lightbulbs: Eco friendly cooking with biomass

In this episode of 22Lightbulbs, we talk with EcoZoom founder Ben West.  In 2011, Ben launched EcoZoom, a company that designs, manufactures and sells biomass cookstoves and solar products, primarily in developing countries. In 2015, Inc. 1000 named EcoZoom one of the fastest growing companies in the US. Ben opened offices in Mexico in 2011[…]

Serve Every Day the Way Nelson Mandela Did

  “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela Today marks Nelson Mandela Day. Scores of people in every corner of the earth are inspired[…]

Dayone Response

22Lightbulbs: DayOne Waterbag – Water Treatment Plant in a Bag

In this episode of 22Lightbulbs, Tricia Compas-Markman, founder and chief executive officer of DayOne Response, Inc talks about using engineering skills to produce life-saving solutions like reliable, clean drinking water during disasters. Think “water treatment plan in a backpack!”  The DayOne Waterbag has proven to be a compact, low-profile and easy-to-use water treatment solution for a[…]

Robots to the Rescue

The thought of a piece of robotic-looking scrap metal the size of a dinner plate approaching you over the horizon is not the most comforting – unless you are in need of its assistance in an emergency or humanitarian disaster. In the past few years, drones have been quickly entering the emergency response and aid[…]

Find The Right Aid Supplies

How to Choose the Right Product for Your Micro-Enterprise Program

Thousands of humanitarian enterprises are providing first-time access to vital technologies including solar light sets, clean cookstoves, and water filtration units through micro-enterprise programs all over the world. They can come in many forms such as micro-franchise and micro-consignment models. If you’re setting up a micro-enterprise or poverty alleviation program that provides products that can[…]

Un Sustainable Development Goals

How TLM Supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals

  The UN Sustainable Development Goals present an ambitious global call to action to improve living conditions throughout the world. But it’s not sufficient for civil society alone to push toward the 17 goals. Businesses have particular opportunities and responsibilities in advancing the SDGs. It’s no longer a question of whether the private sector has[…]

WakaWaka Solar Energy

22Lightbulbs: WakaWaka Shining Bright for Africa

In this episode, we chat with Camille van Gestel, the co-founder of WakaWaka.  (And we also talk Shakira). Camille brings 20 years of experience in product development and manufacturing to the company’s vision to create safe, sustainable solar power and lighting. He’s passionate about solving energy poverty.  In 2013, Camille delivered a TEDx speech on his mission[…]

Aid Work In Silicon Valley

3 Silicon Valley Giants Innovating in the Humanitarian Sector

The continuous innovation that races through Silicon Valley affects lives on a global scale. But this mecca of tech that is constantly building and continuously growing has not always been accepted into the humanitarian aid community. Some critics say that there is a lack of empathy amongst these tech stars and question if the tech[…]

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22Lightbulbs: Cleaning Water With Madidrop

In this episode of 22Lightbulbs, we talk to David Dusseau, the CEO and CoFounder of Madidrop, a product that is revolutionizing the water and sanitation industry. With this small tablet that fits in the palm of your hand, 2,000 liters of water can be treated over the course of 6 months providing families and communities[…]

Unreasonable Institute

22LightBulbs: Unreasonable Entrepreneurs

In this week’s episode, we talk with Teju Ravilochan, the Co-Founder and CEO of Uncharted (formerly the Unreasonable Institute). Learn about the global entrepreneurs that Unchartered helps, the hurdles that some of these entrepreneurs face and why failure is an important part of the story.  Though accelerators around the world (from Sierra Leone to Italy), Uncharted runs[…]

Humanitarian Work

Five Travel Essentials for Humanitarian Work

Humanitarian aid workers are an indispensable part of the efforts to mitigate disasters, crises and help people get out of poverty. They travel the world serving humanity, often at a moment’s notice.  And after our many (many, many) years traveling, we know it’s important to have some go-to essentials to stay safe and secure in sometimes[…]

Built in Colorado: The Level Market is Revolutionizing The Humanitarian Aid Industry

Built in Colorado is a rapidly growing online community that publishes news about Colorado start up companies and publishes data on the tech scene. April Bohnert interviewed The Level Market Founder Stephanie Cox, about the idea for a marketplace for aid and relief supplies. Check out the article below.  ________________________________________________________ In 2004, aid worker Stephanie Cox was on a[…]

FC2 Female Condoms

22 LIGHTBULBS: Female Condoms and Women’s Empowerment

  In this episode of 22LightBulbs, we talk birth control and women’s empowerment with Denise R. van Dijk, president of the Global Public Health Sector Division of The Female Health Company. (Don’t be shy – this is really important stuff!) She is responsible for developing female condom markets in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America[…]

Zero-based Design

8 Key Steps To Zero-Based Design for Development Programs

Definition: starting from scratch to create innovative products and services tailored for the very poor, armed with a thorough understanding of what they really want and need and driven by what Polak Polak calls “the ruthless pursuit of affordability.” Eight Key Steps to Zero-Based Design –  Paul Polak There are eight keys to applying zero-based[…]

Paul Polak Scaling for Development

22 Lightbulbs: The Way to Scale Development

This prolific humanitarian entrepreneur and 2-time author discusses business solutions to poverty in this podcast episode.Through his social ventures, Paul Polak has inspired a revolution in how companies design, price, market and distribute products around the globe.  Dr. Polak is founder and CEO of Windhorse International, a for-profit social venture that aims to help the[…]

Lifeflo Oxygen

22Lightbulbs: Simple and Affordable Oxygen

  Lifeflo CEO Dan Normand discusses what simple and affordable oxygen means and how Lifeflo can save lives, especially infants. We discuss the importance of having oxygen in any emergency situation and Lifeflo’s goals to make this happen.   Dan has 30 years of medical device experience with companies like GE Healthcare, Covidian, ThermoRespiratory Group,[…]

Customs Brokers and Duties Taxes

Customs Brokers & Duties For Humanitarian Supplies

Organizing humanitarian aid and coordinating transportation is a big job without worrying about customs and duties. However, it’s essential to understand what, when, and why customs brokers and duties are important and how they factor into the aid shipment process and pricing.  While most of TLM’s suppliers will handle the international shipping for you through[…]

Birthing Kit

3 Women’s Health & Wellness Supplies For Your Humanitarian Program

Women in developing nations lack basic health care and face life-debilitating and life-threatening health issues. When it comes to providing health, it’s important to plan for all areas of wellness, including women’s reproductive health. Interest in women’s health issues began to increase in 2000 when the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDG)  aimed to eliminate[…]

The Level Market Emergency Shelter

Emergency Shelters: There’s No Place Like Home

With more than 60 million people displaced by internal conflict, post-disaster emergency shelters are in high demand. For those impacted by a disaster or crisis, many times there really is no place like home because there is no “home” anymore. While these shelters are a temporary solution, a good quality shelter can help life go on[…]

Under a Mosquito Net on World Malaria Day

On World Malaria Day, we urge you to think about how the simple act of sleeping under a bed net can reduce the rate of malaria infection by 20%, according to UNICEF.  A mosquito bite is now the world’s third biggest killer of children. You read that right: a bug bite is one of the[…]

Celebrate Earth Day with 5 Products that Make the World a Better Place

Today marks the 47th annual Earth Day. We celebrate the ability of science and technology to help protect the planet and the people on it. Join us as we review some of our favorite environmentally-friendly humanitarian aid supplies that save lives and elevate the quality of life for people all over the world. Wonderbag: Lightweight,[…]

Mike Saunders

Mike Saunders Interviews The Level Market’s Founder

Stephanie Cox is an operator and survivor. She has a proven history leading technology and consumer goods companies in emerging markets. Having spent most of her life in the trenches, she is passionate and savvy with a generous helping of grit. Stephanie started her career as a journalist, which had her living and working in[…]

22LightBulbs Podcast Stower Energy

22Lightbulbs: Wireless Electricity

Andrew Byrnes discusses wireless electricity and the nexus between the humanitarian aid market and the outdoor industry. One is about survival and one is about privilege, but some of the design principles are the same.  Stower designs and runs wireless electricity systems for individuals and homes, delivering reliable, economic, sustainable solutions to specific power needs[…]

Detroits Sustainable Brands

Solutions That Save Lives & Support Development

What better way to use the power of technology than to create solutions that save lives. Technology is on the front lines of changing the way humanitarian organizations approach the needs of the poor, conflict-affected and the vulnerable. Disaster relief, agriculture and education programs are arguably more successful today because of the advancements of technology. Innovative[…]

22LightBulbs Podcast

22Lightbulbs: Ready to Use Nutritional Foods

In this episode, we speak to two powerhouses in the ready-to-use food industry from Edesia, Navyn Salem, and Maria Kasparian. Edesia is a unique organization that manufactures specialized ready-to-use foods (RUFs) that treat and prevent malnutrition in the world’s most vulnerable populations. Since its inception in 2010, Edesia has produced and shipped enough food to help transform the[…]

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How to Choose a Cookstove Fuel Type

Products used for disaster relief are advancing rapidly. Trying to choose between one manufacturer’s product and another involves evaluating the whole technology as well as the context. If you’re considering a powered product, then understanding the technology needed to operate it is equally important as the context. This is particularly significant when it comes to cookstoves.[…]

Search and Rescue Drones

22Lightbulbs: Search and Rescue Drones

  Ivan Stamatovski, founder of Easy Aerial ,talks about search and rescue drones as “zero responders.” Ivan is a digital strategist, entrepreneur and tech aficionado, designer of flying robots. His company, Easy Aerial, provides industry specific, custom aerial solutions.  Search and Rescue Drones With eyes in the sky, drones are changing the nature of search and rescue missions as they[…]

Plumpy'Nut

Ready-to-Use-Food: Combating the Effects of Malnutrition

  Coverage of the famine in South Sudan and ongoing food shortages in Somalia, Nigeria, and Yemen is reaching world news platforms, and critical large-scale humanitarian resources have been engaged (thanks to the World Food Program). But there can never be “too much” awareness, and to that end, it’s time to raise public consciousness about potential[…]

Refugees Stats

Refugee Stats And The Supplies Needed

Millions of refugees around the world are looking for a safe place to stay – simply for a fighting chance to survive. War, protracted conflict, and extreme climate change are driving people from their homes at a rate not seen since World War II. We wanted to cut through some of the political rhetoric surrounding the[…]

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World Water Day: Water Tablets, Filters, Bags and Buckets

There are hundreds of pivotal needs that humanitarian aid suppliers struggle to fill every day. At the top of the list is making sure our planet’s most vulnerable have clean drinking water. You may know that one in eight people worldwide does not have access to clean water. Or that 4,000 children (yes, 4,000) die[…]

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22Lightbulbs: Solar Lending Libraries in Africa

Megan Birney is the President of Unite to Light, which aims to bring light to those in poverty. Megan is an expert in renewable energy policy and finance. Throughout her career she has focused on increasing access to renewable energy.  In this episode, we’ll talk about how solar lending libraries dramatically improves education in Africa[…]

Shipping by Boat or by Plane

Sea vs. Air: Your Quick Reference Guide to Shipping

One of the most complicated and frustrating aspects of managing humanitarian aid is coordinating shipping, especially for LCL shipping or smaller loads (officially referred to as “less container loads” or LCLs). With tight timelines, production delays, budget limitations, and everything else that can interfere with getting aid to its final destination, the last thing you[…]

Flooring for Refugees

22Lightbulbs: Modular Flooring for Refugees

Scott Austin Key CEO and Co-Founder of Good Works Studio, a social company founded by two students at Rice University that’s created modular flooring for refugees. Good Works Studio believes in the power of design to innovate and are using it in creative ways. Scott has spent a significant amount of time in refugee camps[…]

Basic Water Needs

Creative Female Innovators in Humanitarian Aid

On International Women’s Day, we’ve been reminiscing about the profound positive impact of creative female leaders all over the globe. Women at every stage of life and business continue to shape the world with their groundbreaking ideas, sense of humanity, and dogged determination to make the world a better place. In honor of all the great female[…]

Infusion Rate Monitor for Rural Clinics

22Lightbulbs: IV Infusion Rate Monitor for Rural Clinics

Beth Kolko is the co-founder and CEO of Seattle-based company Shift Labs. The company creates simple and affordable medical devices, such as the Dripassist Infusion Rate Monitor, for rapidly growing healthcare systems, such as rural medical clinics, that are in rugged environments and lack infrastructure. Beth is an entrepreneur, researcher, and educator, who blends disciplinary[…]

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How to Evaluate Solar-Powered Humanitarian Supplies

Energy is one aspect of our quality of life that doesn’t get enough attention. It’s something that so many of us are fortunate enough to have 100% of the time, which means we often take it for granted. During a disaster, and in rural parts of the world where a crisis is ongoing, energy isn’t[…]

intelligent sanitary pads

22Lightbulbs: Intelligent Sanitary Pads

Trine Angeline Sig is the co-founder and managing director of Real Relief in Denmark, a global organization whose mission is to make a difference in the lives of millions of vulnerable people across the globe.  Trine has 16 years of experience in aid & relief, working with UN organizations as well as NGOs. In this[…]

Didinomica

Diginomica: The Level Market is Tech for Social Good

Reporter Cath Everett from Diginomica examines how technology is being used for social good around the world. She highlights three companies that are doing it right including The Level Market. Check it out below. __________________________________________________ Set up in 2008 by Nominet, the official registry for UK internet domain names, the Nominet Trust has since invested[…]

Choose the RIght Cook STove

How to Choose A Clean Cookstove for Your Aid Program

Selecting the right cookstove for your humanitarian project or disaster relief is never easy. There’s a fine line between choosing the right equipment for the environment (and all the challenges it provides) while also delivering a product that the recipients will actually use. When you choose clean cookstoves as part of an aid program, you[…]

22LightBulbs Podcast

22Lightbulbs: A Podcast about Humanitarian Entrepreneurs and Their Products

  Where did the name 22Lightbulbs come from? The name 22Lightbulbs is derived from Chinese numerology where the number 22 serves as the destiny number of individuals who are builders and leaders. These builders and leaders are usually visionaries with their feet strongly grounded. They love world peace, are unconventional in actions and thought, are[…]

10 Humanitarian Engineering Schools You Should Know

Humanitarian programs at some of the top schools in the U.S. are gaining in popularity. We’ve compiled a list of our ten favorite colleges that offer humanitarian engineering programs. Students from each of these schools are tackling profound humanitarian challenges and completing projects that will have a lasting positive impact on millions of people worldwide.[…]

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7 Things to Consider When Choosing a Freight Forwarder for Aid Supplies

If you’re new to the process (or more appropriately, the ordeal) of international shipping, then you may not yet understand how vital a freight forwarder can be to making sure your humanitarian supplies get where they’re going on time and intact. To aid your process, we identified some things you should consider when choosing a[…]

Humanitarian aid conferences

Humanitarian Aid Conferences Not to Miss in 2017

Whether you’re looking to network with other aid actors, learn about new technologies or approaches, or connect with old (‘been around a while) colleagues, these essential humanitarian aid conferences are surely something to mark on your calendar. Not sure where to spend your travel dollars? We’ve attended quite a few – but have also done[…]

humanitarian supplies on mobile

Humanitarian supplies on your mobile device.

We understand the conditions aid & development professionals work in. We’re all on our mobile devices! At TLM, we aim to make it easy for field workers and volunteers to find humanitarian supplies and compare, save and quote – all on mobile devices. Thanks to all your feedback, we’ve updated our mobile experience on The[…]

Nominet Trust 2016

The Level Market Wins Prestigious Nominet Trust 100 Award

December 14, 2016, Golden, CO—The Level Market (TLM), the world’s first e-commerce platform for aid products, has been named to the 2016 NT100, Nominet Trust’s selection of the 100 most inspiring social innovations using digital technology to drive social change around the world. As the UK’s leading tech-for-good funder, Nominet Trust will hold a press[…]

Water & Sanitation Stock for Hurricane Matthew Relief

UNOCHA estimates Haiti needs $15 million in water & sanitation supplies to provide clean drinking water for Hurricane Matthew relief. The Level Market has scouted out readily available water & sanitation products so you don’t have to. We’ll show you ship-from-locations, available units and you’ll get the best prices for jerry cans, filtration units, testing[…]

The Level Market’s LightBulb Moment | A Video From Our Founder

In 2015, The Level Market began building a one-stop-shop for aid & development products that could meet humanity’s needs. The once difficult nature of researching, locating and purchasing life-saving products was made easy by The Level Market. “I was trying to compare a bunch of different units and I couldn’t find anything. I couldn’t find[…]

Reset.org

E-commerce Platform is One-Stop-Shop for Aid

From Reset.org ____________________________________ For development practitioners in the field, one great challenge is finding suitable and timely emergency aid supplies that they can then dispatch to the areas of need. E-commerce platform the Level Market is addressing the issue head-on, thus helping aid organizations focus more of their time on delivering emergency supplies, rather than[…]

Humanitarian Aid Advice

Advice for Humanitarian Entrepreneurs

The Colorado School of Mines asked me to speak to their energy entrepreneurs at its first Innovation Challenge back in January. I recently found my notes and thought I’d share my advice with all humanitarian entrepreneurs. 5 Pieces of Advice Get dirty. You probably don’t mind being in the dirt like me because you’re engineers and you[…]

What’s on the AIDF agenda?

A focus of this year’s Global Disaster Relief Summit (AIDF) is emergency procurement strategies. As a startup whose mission is to create a global, transparent marketplace for purchasing aid supplies, we will attend with open ears. Throughout my career, I noticed the proliferation of innovations directed towards victims of natural and manmade crises and those[…]

BusinessDen

E-Commerce startup wants to become ‘Amazon for aid’

From BusinessDen _________________________________ In the middle of the 2015 Ebola outbreak, Stephanie Cox’s search for water filters was coming up dry. “I was making a lot of phone calls, Googling, calling the experts and no one really knew what to do,” said Cox, a 17-year veteran of the humanitarian aid industry who was trying to[…]