Introducing Level Giving: Give More Than Charity

Crowd funding for nonprofits with a twist.  Yes we did that! There’s no doubt crowd funding has become a powerful tool to launch startups of all types. When disaster after disaster took place last summer from Hurricane Harvey to Puerto Rico, there were millions in need of supplies and millions wanting to help in a[…]

Podcast: 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[…]

EcoZoom

Podcast: 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[…]

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[…]

Madidrop on 22Lightbulbs

Podcast: 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[…]

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[…]

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,[…]

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

Podcast: 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[…]

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.