The recent emergence of a new breed of social entrepreneur, with fortunes gleamed from tech start-ups, has allowed technological know-how and
global social consciousness to morph into a formidable ally for the global poor. GlobeIN, one of the organizations at the forefront of this movement, is creating a worldwide link between countries, continents, and people – with a mission to make the world more open, more connected, and fair for all of its citizens.
The website offers insight into the artisan‘s life through interviews and video. Clients are able to browse through a list of active participants, and choose goods based on life stories and perceived need, akin to the model employed by KIVA. Once the artisan has been selected, and the product chosen, payment is delivered through Paypal.
For the moment, GlobeIN is working on the short-term economic stability of participating households. As funding increases, and quality of life increases, the program’s scope will be expanded to include a wider range benefits.
Anastasia Miron, full partner and creator, is the driving force behind keeping the GlobeIN on the leading edge of this movement. Ms. Miron says her motive is “to ensure that the global economy does not leave any person or family behind.” She believes that by supporting one local artisan at a time, people can contribute to reducing sweatshops, and the abysmal conditions, economically and physically, they represent. In addition, looking beyond products manufactured for large global brands promotes cultural awareness and sustainable methods of production.
Ms. Miron initially entered the corporate world in her early twenties to defeat wide spread gender stereotypes – an early indication of her resolve and intense need for equality. She left that world, perceiving it to “unhealthy, [and] not sustainable.” Instead, she shifted her efforts to explore the reality of doing something good for people.
Ms. Miron is currently on the last leg of a worldwide tour discovering artisans, stopping most recently in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. GlobeIN also utilizes a collaborative model, encouraging other travelers to post interviews and products on the website they find appealing.
While GlobeIN doesn’t focus exclusively on empowering women, 60 percent of all crafters are women. When asked why Ms. Miron believes this trend exists, she replied it appears to be an “innate ability women posses.”