Traditional development programs rely on funding from donor governments and foundations, typically failing to offer beneficiaries a model to sustain the gains realized during the course of a program. Creative partnerships, alternative financial models, and greater community involvement are required to allow traditionally donor-funded organizations to continue providing needed social services beyond specific program lifecycles. Innovative physical infrastructure use and corrected incentive structures also hold keys to more efficient, sustainable service delivery.
The sustainable LBK business model capitalizes on design and product development inspired by the artwork of participating children. The artwork developed during LBK education activities is converted by in-house designers into lifestyle products for children. These products--for children, by children--establish ties between the street children and their more fortunate counterparts and also enable sustainability by generating income and thereby reducing the reliance on donor funding for program operations.
Since its founding, LBK has focused on a dignity, not charity approach, successfully generating market demand for the goods produced while also contributing to a shift in cultural consciousness. The result is a link between otherwise disconnected segments of society by way of a mindful children's brand that generates awareness and empathy among privileged children while also offering dignity to those less fortunate.
After the success of designing and selling stationery products in recent years, LBK now plans to offer textile products, thoughtfully designed for children and adults. We are working towards forming social + corporate partnerships with companies like Ikea, Land of Nod, Pottery Barn Kids, and various schools to foster conscious consumerism and connect people through design and visual storytelling for a collective good.
We love to collaborate. Please get in touch with us if you have any ideas.
Featured Image: Carolina Buzio