Soko: A Global Fashion Innovator Supporting Artisans

A Whole New Way To Shop

Soko is an innovation in global fashion and technology: An online store that connects online consumers to global makers of handcrafted jewelry from the developing world. With Soko, you can discover incredible design and creative ingenuity made in communities that lay outside of the digital economy. Brought to the global stage using our technology, Soko delivers you exceptional style with stunning handcrafted jewelry designs created by artisans in emerging economies, using natural and upcycled materials.

 

Founding Story

Soko was created by women for women to help “fashion a better world” through the equitable direct trade of beautiful goods between artisans in the developing world and web consumers worldwide. Working in bottom of the pyramid communities around the world, the founders realized that by leveraging technology and existing infrastructure in an innovative way, they could create a platform to enable any talented artisan to participate in international trade. Recognizing a global need, as well as global opportunity, to disrupt these systemic patterns of poverty found across the developing world’s creative economy, Soko was founded in 2012.

The Soko solution transforms the mobile phone into a tool that expands access to economic opportunity for artisans in underserved communities, disrupting the traditional export supply chain to revolutionize the way money and goods are transacted into peer-to-peer and business-to-business exchange. This new technology revolutionizes international trade by using technology facilitation to cut out the traditional middlemen, reducing logistical costs and increasing profits for artisans.