Shoppinglee is a social enterprise that empowers marginalized artisans by selling their arts and crafts to help them break the poverty cycle through economic empowerment and financial education. The Ethical Consumer Organization states that the social crafts and jewelry industry has generated $4 billion in annual revenues and is experiencing a shift in consumer consumption. Shoppinglee leverages this shift with a fair-trade social marketplace that empowers marginalized artisans in Peru, Palestine, and Jordan to achieve financial independence through exposure to international markets. Our team hopes to increase consumers’ awareness about ethical and sustainable fashion, targeting young fashion-forward individuals and corporate clients with CSR alignment. Shoppinglee has already helped eight artisans start new businesses, created 37 employment opportunities, and empowered close to 300 individuals through business training.

The Sheldon + Tracy Levy Innovation Fellowship has allowed Shoppinglee to tap into resources to produce a new collection, test the supply chain, and expanded the artisan network to include Syrian refugees in Jordan. Most importantly, Shoppinglee had the opportunity to receive coaching and feedback which has been the foundation to building a more efficient supply chain. Through the generous support Shoppinglee was able to finance and support artisans in their local markets.

The future is exciting, since Shoppinglee is looking to expand the area of influence and empower more artisans around the world.

For more information visit: www.shoppinglee.com or email info@shoppinglee.com. And for more on Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, checkout the Brookfield website, or Levy Fellows site for more about this program.