Soko provides a way for artisans to improve their livelihoods by removing the middlemen to directly access global consumers online. Over 85% of women in Sub-Saharan Africa are self-employed in the informal economy - many produce crafts and handmade goods to make or supplement very small incomes. But their sales are limited to inconsistent local demand or other markets all too often via extortionate middlemen.
Soko uses technology to empower and provide equal access to opportunity. With Soko's mobile tools, these women, as well as male artisans who share this vision, have access to a whole world of consumers, expanding their business horizons and entrepreneurial prospects.
Soko and Soko artisans follow the principles of fair trade. Our artisans get the price they ask for the goods they produce and, through our artisan selection process, we work to ensure our artisan partners are providing safe working conditions and fair wages to any employees they may work with.
Style can be smart. Soko brings you the opportunity to dazzle your wardrobe with stunning ethically produced jewelry never before available on the international marketplace. Our artisans design their own products and we encourage them to use natural, locally-sourced recycled and upcycled materials. Not only are the creations unique and exquisite, they demonstrate the resourcefulness of our artisans and encourage a sustainable future.
Soko is a social enterprise, as we believe that market principles and self-sustainability are key to ongoing impact. Our artisans are independent designers and makers working in their local communities - we invest strongly in building their international market readiness through intensive on the ground capacity building. Through this partnership, we work to ensure their sustainable success and ongoing impact in their communities.