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[E4C3] How to Raise Over $700K on Kickstarter & Provide Solar Light to People In Need – WakaWaka

We’ve got an exciting interview with green entrepreneur Camille Van Gestel of WakaWaka, a company that makes the world’s most efficient solar lights and mobile solar chargers. WakaWaka, which means “shine bright” in Swahili, is a social enterprise that is bringing light to desperate people in times of darkness. For every solar light or mobile solar charger purchased, they give one to a family in need somewhere in the world. In places like Haiti, Syria, and the Philippines. They partner with organizations like the IRC – the International Rescue Committee - to make sure WakaWaka units reach

100% Biodegradable Bogobrush Helps Disadvantaged Americans Achieve Better Oral Hygiene

The goal is to provide toothbrushes to 10,000 people in need by December 31, 2012, and you can help! Bogobrush is a brand new, totally sustainable toothbrush developed by two green entrepreneurs, brother and sister team, Heather and John McDougall. Their dream is to ensure everyone has proper dental hygiene, while creating a buy one give one toothbrush with a much smaller environmental footprint. How Heather and John McDougall of Bogobrush Created a Biodegradable Toothbrush that Gives Back Americans throw away more than 450 million toothbrushes every year, the majority of which are made

Smile Squared Boosts Dental Health for Poor Kids via BOGO Program

Eco-friendly toothbrushes that also create better dental health for poor children in developing countries?  Yes! Smile Squared’s BOGO program provides both consumers and disadvantaged children access to toothbrushes made from sustainable materials - every toothbrush is crafted from bamboo and DuPont bristles and fully biodegradable. Every time a consumer purchases a Smile Squared child’s or adult’s toothbrush, another toothbrush is given away to a child in a developing country. Founded by husband and wife duo social entrepreneurs, Eric and Geri Cope, the mission of this company is to improve

One Stylish Pair of Glasses at a Time: BOGO Project via Warby Parker

Poor eyesight can be an extreme hindrance to quality of life, especially for those living in poverty. The social entrepreneurs behind Warby Parker - Neil Blumenthal and Jeffrey Raider – recognized the importance of having access to needed eyeglasses and responded with the Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program to give people the gift of sight, and the chance to climb out of poverty as a result. How Warby Parker is Solving Inaccessibility of Eyeglasses to People in Need More than 15% of the world’s population or a total of one billion men and women are unable to work or learn properly because

Low-Income Americans and Haitians Supported by Blanket America’s BOGO Bedding Program

While it is hard to imagine, even countries as developed as the US have domestic poverty. The current economic slowdown doesn’t help matters at all, but thankfully social entrepreneurs like Elizabeth Brown and Mesh Gelman of Blanket America are pioneering ways to let Americans help each other. Their buy-one-give-one (BOGO) solution provides much-needed bedding for low-income families in America. How Blanket America is Solving Domestic Poverty Despite being one of the wealthiest countries in the world, the US is not immune to poverty. Millions of American families are struggling to

Donate an Organic Baby Onesie BOGO Style with Baby Teresa

Babies are incredibly vulnerable, depending on adults for their daily needs, yet many are born into low-income families and communities of extreme poverty, and therefore lack proper nutrition, healthcare, and even clothing. The clothes that they do have are often hand-me-downs from older siblings that are worn out, too small or too big. Thank goodness for social enterprises like Baby Teresa that are working to help these babies by donating a romper for every piece you purchase through their buy one give one program. Baby Teresa’s Innovative Buy-One-Give-One Organic Baby Rompers Baby

Entrepreneurs for Change: Blake Mycoskie of TOMS Shoes Gives Away Millions of Shoes

How TOMS Shoes is Solving Footwear for the Extremely Poor If you’ve had shoes on your feet your whole life, you may have never experienced the challenges of living without them. Without shoes, children are more prone to injury and disease – especially diseases transmitted through soil. Cuts and scrapes can develop into serious infections, some of which are life threatening. The social entrepreneurs from TOMS shoes have got a solution through its buy one give one program. Without shoes, children are often hindered from receiving an education. After all, it’s difficult to walk to school if

Entrepreneur for Change: Mark Bent of SunNight Solar offers BoGo Lights

How SunNight Solar and Bogo Light are Bringing Renewable Energy and Illumination to the Poor "We design and manufacture solar powered products which have a positive impact on people and the planet" That’s the mission statement of social enterprise SunNight Solar. Up to 2 billion people worldwide don’t have access to affordable illumination for everyday living. For those of us who have access to light all of the time, it may be surprising to realize how much the lack of it impacts quality of life. People in developing countries without light cannot cook, read, study, or do other household