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Crowdfunding and support for products doing good in the world. We use this blog to champion social entrepreneurs prioritising purpose + profit.

Facilitating Reforestation and Creating Jobs in Madagascar

Little Difference was founded in 2016 in New Zealand, by Sophie Stevens – an artist and Geology graduate – and Pete Oswald – a professional skier. They create beautiful hand designed Greeting Cards, Art prints, Notebooks and Calendars all made from 100% recycled card and wrapped in 100% biodegradable cornstarch bags. For every single product sold, 1 Tree is planted in …

The Ultimate Guide to Giving: Everything You Need to Know to Create Exponential Impact Through Contributions

Providing financial support for organizations benefitting human lives and the planet is something we at UpEffect applaud and encourage. Everyday, we are moved to see thousands of crowdfunding backers and entrepreneurs supporting each other – using their time, money and energy to make great strides towards a more just and peaceful world. Most of us feel like we have a …

Extraordinary jewellery, bags and shawls, ethically handmade by artisans in developing nations.

Artisan and Fox works to bridge artisans in developing nations that are unable to access the international market independently to socially conscious consumers worldwide! Their aim is to raise artisan incomes, reduce gender inequality in patriarchal communities, and preserve cultural heritage — all the while through ethically fashionable pieces that fit contemporary trends. We caught up with cofounder Jaron Soh, …

This street fashion entrepreneur is making an impact through ethical clothing

Adam Khafif is the Founder and CEO of LisnUp Clothing. In this interview with UpEffect, Adam shines a light on his entrepreneurial journey including wins and failures and how over the last six years he’s made LisnUp Clothing the go-to streetwear brand for Muslim influencers and socially conscious fans.   Just like any other kid, at 15 years old, Adam …

This investment banker has created a modest workwear brand that trains refugee women

Kentore is the UK’s first modest workwear label and social enterprise. They design with an obsessive attention to detail, and above all, with a drive to make a real impact on the lives of working women. They use their profits to provide training, jobs, and business mentorship to Syrian refugee women. Kentore has grown from one working woman making bespoke alterations …

Converting storytelling artwork into ethical clothing

Thraedable is a social enterprise that aims to raise awareness about social issues that suffer from invisibility or misrepresentation and to raise funds for grassroots organisations that offer sustainable solutions to those issues. We are an ethical fashion brand, currently producing t-shirts and bags inspired by drawings made by people who face little-told social issues; as well as an online …

How to succeed at crowdfunding

Too often, entrepreneurs launch a crowdfunding campaign on a platform and anticipate “platform traffic” to convert into “campaign customers” and by the time the campaign is over, they feel like they’ve been let down. In their defence, the major platforms have done a poor job of educating the market on crowdfunding. The number one tip and the most important tip …