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Our revolutionary jewelry supply chain increases income 5X for marginalized artisans in the developing world.

The Problem


The artisan craft sector is the second-largest employer in the developing world. However, it is also one of the most marginalized.

Limited to local sales, millions of talented artisans are trapped in micro economies, unable to earn enough to support their families and businesses.

Challenges faced by artisans in emerging markets:
What to Make

Lack of exposure to fashion trends makes it difficult for artisans to produce competitive designs.

Product Quality

Traditional small-scale producers lack knowledge about international quality standards.

Market Access

Out of reach from traditional communication tools, artisans are unable to connect with global consumer demand.

Finance and Capital

Without computers or bank accounts, artisans cannot accept payments from international customers.

Technology


Our supply chain innovation uses the smartphone to connect independent artisan entrepreneurs directly to SOKO and our global customers.

A small-scale artisan in Kenya can have her products sold by international department stores, independent boutiques, and online retailers.

The Result


Artisans receive an average of 22% of retained revenue.

2,300+ artisans in 282 workshops throughout Kenya.

Artisans working with SOKO earn 5x’s more than an average artisan workshop.

SOKO is B-corp Certified.

Approximately 11,400 beneficiaries of revenue generated from sales.

Improved artisan business and safety practices, skill development and quality.

The Result


Artisans receive an average of 22% of retained revenue.

2,300+ artisans in 282 workshops throughout Kenya.

Artisans working with SOKO earn 5x’s more than an average artisan workshop.

SOKO is B-corp Certified.

Approximately 11,400 beneficiaries of revenue generated from sales.

Improved artisan business and safety practices, skill development and quality.