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Disruptors for GOOD explores social entrepreneurship and social enterprises around the world who have dedicated their lives to ethical fashion, impact investing, climate change, sustainable travel, and businesses that impact the world in a positive way. The founder of Causeartist, Grant Trahant, does one-on-one interviews with some of the most creative and impactful startups and brands around the world.

Disruptors for GOOD | Social Entrepreneurs and Social Enterprises Causeartist

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Disruptors for GOOD explores social entrepreneurship and social enterprises around the world who have dedicated their lives to ethical fashion, impact investing, climate change, sustainable travel, and businesses that impact the world in a positive way. The founder of Causeartist, Grant Trahant, does one-on-one interviews with some of the most creative and impactful startups and brands around the world.

    Sanchali Pal // Founder & CEO at Commons

    Sanchali Pal // Founder & CEO at Commons

    In episode 212 of the Disruptors for Good podcast, I speak with Sanchali Pal, Founder & CEO at Commons, on helping people make more sustainable choices in their everyday lives. The app focuses on meeting people where they are and helping them make better choices when it comes to shopping.
    The app provides information on brands that are more sustainable and offers rewards for making sustainable choices. It also allows users to offset their carbon emissions through carbon projects. The goal of Commons is to make sustainable shopping mainstream and to help people make more confident and secure choices in the future.
    Takeaways
    Commons is an app that helps people make more sustainable choices in their everyday lives.The app focuses on meeting people where they are and helping them make better choices when it comes to shopping.It provides information on brands that are more sustainable and offers rewards for making sustainable choices.Users can also offset their carbon emissions through carbon projects.The goal of Commons is to make sustainable shopping mainstream and to help people make more confident and secure choices in the future.The Commons Podcast: Second Nature
    "Second Nature" is a podcast produced by Commons that explores the challenge of living sustainably in an unsustainable world. The show delves into how sustainable choices impact both individual lives and the planet at large.
    Each week, the podcast features stories from listeners who are making environmentally conscious decisions in their daily lives.
    These include actions such as using public transit, composting food waste, incorporating more plant-based meals into their diets, and practicing deconsumption.

    • 27 min
    Samantha Rudolph // Co-Founder at Babyation - Revolutionizing Breastfeeding with Modern Technology

    Samantha Rudolph // Co-Founder at Babyation - Revolutionizing Breastfeeding with Modern Technology

    In episode 211 of the Disruptors for Good podcast, I have the pleasure of speaking with Samantha Rudolph, the visionary Co-founder of Babyation. Samantha shares her inspiring journey of building a modern breast pump that is revolutionizing the breastfeeding experience for mothers everywhere.
    In the revolving world of parenting technology, Babyation stands out with its groundbreaking solutions designed to make the breastfeeding experience more comfortable, efficient, and discreet.
    Founded by wife and husband Samantha and Jared, Babyation aims to redefine how mothers perceive and interact with breast pumps. Here's a closer look at the company, its flagship product, and the unique features that set it apart.
    About Babyation
    Babyation was founded with a mission to provide mothers with a breast pump that truly understands and meets their needs. Samantha and Jared were inspired to create a product that not only functions effectively but also integrates seamlessly into a mother's life.
    With a strong focus on user experience and design, Babyation has quickly become a notable name in the parenting tech industry.
    The Product: Babyation Breast Pump
    The core product offered by Babyation is a sophisticated breast pump that promises to address common issues faced by breastfeeding mothers. Here are the key features that make this pump a game-changer:
    Quiet Operation: One of the standout features of the Babyation breast pump is its remarkably quiet operation. Traditional breast pumps can be noisy, which can be inconvenient and disruptive, especially in public or work environments. Babyation’s design ensures a discreet and comfortable experience.Smart Technology: Babyation’s pump is equipped with advanced technology that allows for personalized pumping sessions. The smart control system lets mothers customize suction strength and rhythm to mimic their baby’s natural nursing patterns, enhancing comfort and efficiency.Discreet and Portable: Understanding the need for discretion and portability, Babyation has designed its pump to be compact and easily portable. The pump fits neatly into a bag, making it easy for mothers to pump on the go without drawing attention.App Integration: The Babyation breast pump is integrated with a user-friendly app that tracks pumping sessions, monitors milk volume, and offers personalized tips and reminders. This feature is particularly beneficial for busy mothers who need to manage their time efficiently.Closed System: Hygiene is a critical concern for breastfeeding mothers. Babyation’s pump features a closed system that prevents milk from entering the tubing and motor, reducing the risk of contamination and making the pump easier to clean and maintain.Comfort-Focused Design: Babyation has prioritized comfort in its design, with soft, flexible breast shields that adapt to different breast shapes and sizes. The gentle suction mechanism minimizes discomfort, making the pumping process more pleasant.Ease of Use: The pump is designed to be intuitive and easy to assemble, use, and clean. This user-friendly approach ensures that mothers can spend more time with their babies and less time figuring out complex equipment.Giving Back
    We know not everyone has access to new breast pump technologies. Our Giving Back program was designed to make our pump available to moms in need.
    Every mom deserves a chance to pump on their terms. Please fill out the application to be considered to receive a free pump.
    Applications will be reviewed on a quarterly basis, and decisions will be made based on need.

    • 26 min
    Navjot Sawhney // Founder of The Washing Machine Project: creating the world's first flat-packable, manual washing machine that empowers women and girls to reclaim lost hours, pursue education, and generate income.

    Navjot Sawhney // Founder of The Washing Machine Project: creating the world's first flat-packable, manual washing machine that empowers women and girls to reclaim lost hours, pursue education, and generate income.

    In episode 210 of the Disruptors for Good podcast, I speak with Navjot Sawhney, Founder of The Washing Machine Project, on creating the world's first flat-packable, manual washing machine that empowers women and girls to reclaim lost hours, pursue education, and generate income.
    Imagine a world where laundry isn't a chore, but a chance. A chance for women and girls to reclaim lost hours, pursue education, and generate income. This is the reality The Washing Machine Project is striving to create.
    For millions in developing countries, particularly women and girls, laundry is a relentless burden. Handwashing clothes consumes a staggering 20 hours a week, stealing precious time for education, work, and leisure.
    This backbreaking task not only limits opportunities but also contributes to health problems.
    The Washing Machine Project is a beacon of hope, offering a revolutionary solution: the Divya, the world's first flat-packable, manual washing machine.
    Soundbites
    "I'll come back and I'll give you a washing machine.""We have studied about 3,500 families across 15 countries washing habits.""We really want to become the whirlpool of the humanitarian world."
    The Divya: A Washing Machine Built for Impact
    The Divya is more than just a machine; it's a lifeline. Designed specifically for the realities of remote and displaced communities, the Divya boasts several key features:
    Portable and Easy to Assemble: Unlike bulky, electric washing machines, the Divya arrives flat-packed, making it easy to transport and assemble even in challenging environments. This ensures accessibility for those who need it most.Durable and Long-Lasting: Built with high-quality components and a robust stainless steel construction, the Divya is built to withstand the test of time. Its simple design minimizes the need for repairs, and local tools and skills can often be used for fixes if needed. This empowers communities to maintain their machines for long-term use.Eco-Friendly Champion: Water scarcity is a critical issue in many developing regions. The Divya tackles this challenge head-on by using up to 50% less water compared to handwashing. Additionally, its commercial-grade components enhance its recyclability, minimizing environmental impact.Time-Saving Efficiency: The Divya boasts a 30-minute wash cycle requiring minimal manual effort. This translates to up to 75% less laundry time for users. These reclaimed hours open doors to education, income generation, and much-needed leisure time.

    • 28 min
    Brett Hagler // CEO and Co-founder of New Story Homes - Solving Global Housing: The Balance of Philanthropy and Market-Based Solutions at New Story Homes

    Brett Hagler // CEO and Co-founder of New Story Homes - Solving Global Housing: The Balance of Philanthropy and Market-Based Solutions at New Story Homes

    In episode 209 of the Disruptors for Good podcast, I speak with Brett Hagler, CEO and Co-founder, of New Story Homes, on using philanthropy and market-based solutions to solve the global housing crisis.
    The global housing crisis is a staggering issue, affecting 1.6 billion people who live without adequate housing. This crisis stifles the potential of millions of families, particularly women and children, across the globe.New Story Homes, a nonprofit organization, has set out to tackle this problem through a unique blend of philanthropy and market-based solutions.
    By integrating innovative technology with community-focused strategies, New Story Homes is revolutionizing the path to homeownership for vulnerable families.
    Takeaways
    New Story's journey began with a mission to help vulnerable families access life-changing housing, leading to a decade-long evolution of its strategy and model.The transition to a market-based solution involved challenges, resistance, and a two-year metamorphosis, resulting in a hybrid model that combines philanthropy with profitable financing and lending.The future of New Story involves executing its model to attract large pools of capital, focusing on creating a product that customers love, and building a track record for accessing significant funding.The conversation highlights the potential of market-based solutions in the nonprofit sector and the importance of addressing important social problems through innovative approaches.Sound Bites
    "I think you learn by doing.""I would love to try to help as many people as possible have life-changing housing."
    Empowering Through Land Ownership
    At the heart of New Story Homes' mission is the concept of land ownership. In many parts of Latin America, securing land is the first critical step towards economic stability and homeownership. New Story Homes helps families purchase land, build creditworthiness, and unlock home financing. This approach shifts families from being mere beneficiaries of charity to active participants in their journey out of poverty.
    By developing and selling land equipped with essential municipal utilities—water, sewage, electricity, and roads—at affordable monthly rates, New Story Homes ensures that these properties are not only accessible but also sustainable and integrated into the local urban context.
    Innovative Housing Solutions
    One of the standout innovations of New Story Homes is the use of 3D printing technology to build homes quickly and cost-effectively.
    This method significantly reduces construction time and expenses compared to traditional building techniques, making it possible to provide immediate relief to families in need.
    Beyond construction, New Story Homes focuses on the entire community-building process, developing housing products that meet the unique demands of local regions.
    Families can use their land as collateral to secure first-time home financing, allowing them to either purchase one of New Story's housing prototypes or self-build the home that best suits their needs.
    The Role of Philanthropy and Impact Investments
    New Story Homes recognizes that addressing the housing crisis requires a multifaceted approach. Philanthropy plays a crucial role in funding the initial stages of projects, allowing the organization to acquire land and develop infrastructure.
    However, to achieve scalable impact, New Story Homes pairs philanthropic funds with impact investments.
    This blend enables the organization to extend its reach further down the market, serving families who are often excluded from traditional housing solutions.
    By focusing on sustainable, market-based solutions, New Story Homes ensures that its initiatives not only provide immediate relief but also foster long-term economic growth and stability in the communities it serves.
    Success and Future Innovations
    The success of New Story Homes can be seen in the thousands of families who now live in safe, affordable homes in countries like Haiti, El Salvador, Mexic

    • 30 min
    “I Don’t Need Water, I Need a Job”: The Deux Mains Story of Entrepreneurial Resilience - Julie Colombino-Billingham // Founder of Deux Mains

    “I Don’t Need Water, I Need a Job”: The Deux Mains Story of Entrepreneurial Resilience - Julie Colombino-Billingham // Founder of Deux Mains

    In episode 208 of the Disruptors for Good podcast, we speak with Julie Colombino-Billingham, founder of Deux Mains, on transforming lives in Haiti through business and employment.
    In the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, a country torn apart by natural disaster found a beacon of hope and renewal in Deux Mains. Founded by Julie Colombino-Billingham, Deux Mains isn’t just a fashion brand; it’s a testament to resilience, empowerment, and sustainable innovation.

    Julie’s journey began in the chaos and heartbreak of post-earthquake Haiti, where she witnessed first-hand the dire need for dignified employment. This profound experience laid the foundation for Deux Mains, driven by the desire to provide more than just aid—Julie sought to offer sustainable opportunities that empower the local community.

    Crafting Fashion with Purpose

    At Deux Mains, every piece of fashion carries a deeper meaning. The brand is rooted in the belief that thoughtful design and ethical practices can transform the fashion industry. By choosing Deux Mains, consumers support a business model that ensures safe working conditions, livable wages, health insurance, and educational opportunities for Haitian workers.

    The brand’s operations are based in a solar-powered, women-owned factory, emphasizing a commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility. From sandals to handbags, each item is a blend of traditional craftsmanship and modern design, made from responsibly sourced materials and created with an artisanal touch.

    Sustainability at Its Core

    “Deux Mains” translates to “two hands” in French, symbolizing the handcrafted nature of their products. The brand champions a circular economy, utilizing found or made materials to minimize waste and environmental impact. Their products are not only designed to last but also to merge seamlessly as staple pieces in any wardrobe, embodying timeless elegance and durability.

    A Vision of Sustainable Luxury

    Julie Colombino-Billingham, the visionary behind Deux Mains, brings a diverse background from her experiences as a professional dancer and aerialist to her academic pursuits in international disaster management. Her unique perspective has shaped the brand into a luxury fashion house that stands for more than just aesthetics—it stands for change.

    Under her leadership, Deux Mains has evolved into a hub for job creation, where artisans are not only employed but celebrated for their skills. The brand extends beyond the borders of Haiti, sharing the island’s exceptional craftsmanship with the global market.

    Joining Hands with Deux Mains

    Deux Mains invites consumers to be part of a movement that values fair trade, ethical practices, and community engagement. Each purchase not only enhances a wardrobe but also contributes to the ongoing story of resilience and empowerment in Haiti.

    As Julie often reflects on her initial encounters in Haiti, where a woman told her, “I don’t need water, I need a job,” it’s clear that Deux Mains is more than just a brand—it’s a lifeline, a form of support, and a step towards a brighter future for the Haitian community.
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    • 33 min
    Hardika Shah // Founder and CEO of Kinara Capital

    Hardika Shah // Founder and CEO of Kinara Capital

    In episode 207 of the Disruptors for Good podcast, I speak with Hardika Shah, Founder and CEO of Kinara Capital, on transforming lives and local economies, by providing access to capital for small business entrepreneurs.
    Armed with a mission to empower the 70 million small business entrepreneurs in the country, Kinara has embarked on a journey to provide fast and flexible collateral-free business loans. Leveraging cutting-edge technology and a dedication to customer service, Kinara Capital revolutionized the lending landscape with its digital processes and doorstep assistance.
    Over the years, the company has disbursed more than $300 million to over 40,000 small business entrepreneurs, ushering thousands into the realm of financial inclusion. This transformative journey has not only created jobs and spurred economic growth but has also generated over $100 million in incremental income for MSMEs across India.
    Before embarking on her entrepreneurial journey, Hardika honed her skills as a management consultant, working on projects for global companies across the USA, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. Her passion for social impact led her to devote nearly a decade to mentoring emerging social entrepreneurs.
    At Kinara Capital, the mission is clear: to transform lives, livelihoods, and local economies by providing access to capital for every entrepreneur. With a vision of a financially inclusive world, Hardika and her team continue to pave the way for a brighter future for small business entrepreneurs across India.
    I hope you enjoy the conversation, until next time, stay humble and stay creative.
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    • 38 min

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