A global on-line marketplace of local goods and services offered to a global audience to reactivate local economies.
Creation of a global on-line store where the people and businesses of declining economic regions and disaster areas can offer and sell their products and services to the world, creating opportunities for recovery with dignity with inclusion and the generation and distribution of wealth.
A global marketplace where survivors of natural disasters and economic decline increase their skills, are actively engaged in the recovery process and sell goods and services to the world so they can generate wealth and not depend on donations.
The goal is to empower local communities impacted by natural disaster and economic decline to generate wealth and become self-sustainable, connecting them with a global market for their goods and services.
EXCLUSION OF LOCAL RESOURCES AND ALIENATION OF FUNDS
Natural disasters disrupt the economy and generation of wealth where they occur. It takes time for the economy to recover and most incoming resources for recovery are managed by foreign organizations, professionals and volunteers, excluding local stakeholders. Funds provided by the international community are largely spent on foreign resources and remain outside the local ecosystem. Furthermore, local resources and stakeholders are not actively engaged in the relief and recovery initiatives, often being displaced by foreign providers and ending up depending on foreign aid, assistance and hand outs.
TRANSFORMING DONORS INTO CONSCIOUS CONSUMERS,
DONATION RECIPIENTS INTO GENERATORS OF WEALTH
The proposed approach allows those interested in helping disaster areas to buy goods from survivors or employing them and getting something back instead of making donations whose destiny is uncertain. You are not just helping with money, but enabling the survivors to engage in a sustainable, profitable and dignified activity. By combining multiple disaster areas we become a diverse channel to connect them with a global audience of consumers interested in acquiring goods and helping at the same time.
ACKNOWLEDGING THE POTENTIAL OF LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS
Survivors of natural disasters and economic decline are resourceful and capable people able to fend for themselves and generate wealth if given the opportunity. The physical infrastructure may have been destroyed, but not so the social structure. The buildings and businesses might be gone, but the professionals and the skills of the people are intact, ready to be put to good use.