TAG: Business models

The Klem Shoe Project – A Smart Design

The Klem Shoe Project – A Smart Design

Lee Jinyoung from i-Clue Design has developed a smart do it yourself system that lets users create their own shoes. Called the Klem project, it was formed to address the widespread need in Malawi, Africa for individuals who need the most basic of items – shoes. The designer was driven by an awareness of communities that live on a daily basis without these necessities. Reportedly, in many parts of Malawi aid can be responsible for as much as 40% of a family’s overall living expenses, so the extreme poverty level does not allow many to afford shoes. Going shoeless everyday can… read more

ToughStuff Solar Lighting Helps Communities

ToughStuff Solar Lighting Helps Communities

There are many companies that produce solar lighting in order to assist those who have no electricity. Some of these are non-profits and a number operate as for-profit organizations. Some may question which one is a better option in providing humanitarian assistance. Non-profit operations normally are established in order to serve a social need, and usually receive charitable donations, government funding and tax deductions; however this is not to say that they are in business without the goal of turning a profit. Much of the generated profit though is in turn put back into the needs of the organization. For-profits… read more