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[…]

The Level Market Testitmonies

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Madidrop on 22Lightbulbs

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[…]

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[…]

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,[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

choosing a freight forwarder

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Treehugger

New e-commerce site for humanitarian aid products

From Treehugger.com ___________________________ 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[…]

We Festival

33Voices Share’s The ‘Ah-ha Moment’ That Inspired The Level Market From Founder Stephanie Cox

From 33 Voices and the We Festival. Stephanie shares her inspiration to create The Level Market and how she validated the product before launching. Watch The Level Market founder, Stephanie Cox, explain her “ah-ha” moment.