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Devin D. Thorpe

Devin Thorpe

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Wuji Announces Launch of Crowdfunding Campaign at UN General Assembly

Wuji Aims to Launch Operations Within Three Months of Meeting Crowdfunding Goal

Press Release – September 18th, 2017 – New York, NY – Wuji, the world’s first Eco-conscious ride-share company, today announced the launch of its crowdfunding campaign on Monday, September 18th at the U.N. General Assembly in NYC.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/wuji-the-world-s-first-eco-friendly-ride-share-technology#/

Wuji is dedicated to making a positive environmental and human impact by partnering with earth-friendly and progressive organizations such as Tesla Sustainable Villages, which is helping establish an off-grid sustainable HQ for Wuji in the Chicagoland area, and Treesisters.org, which empowers women to plant trees across the globe.

“My goal with Wuji is to model a new way for business to function. Moving into the future, businesses must aim to become regenerative models that give back to future generations. Today more than ever, people want to align their values with their spending habits, and Wuji is an easy way to vote with your dollar and be the change you want to see in the world,” said Stephen Cutter, CVO of Wuji.

As part of a commitment to providing a positive impact for riders and drivers beyond reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Wuji provides support for women and marginalized riders with safety features such as an integration with Guard Llama (as seen on ABC’s Shark Tank). It also offers fair and equitable opportunities for its drivers through equity-sharing programs (such as offering the opportunity to earn passive income by signing up new riders) and maintaining a driver representative on its board.

“Our grassroots organizational and financial model means we care about the planet and people alongside profits. Wuji’s goal is to have many people earn a fair living while being treated well. It also means we’ll give back to every community where we operate, letting riders donate by rounding up or adding $1 to give a ride to someone in need. It means playing a crucial part in transporting veterans to doctors’ appointments, elementary school students to community gardens and after school programs, and senior citizens to social engagements.”

Wuji’s Partnerships:

About​ ​Wuji,​ ​LLC

Wuji is the world’s first eco-conscious ride-share company dedicated to making a positive environmental and human impact. Our mission is to reduce carbon emissions and partner with organizations dedicated to restoring our planet’s health, both while providing safe and reliable access to transportation.


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Your Support To Bolieve’s Mission Helps Educate Kids in Bolivia

Bolieve will produce handmade backpacks and by selling each backpack, they will provide a day of education to an average of 25 kids in Bolivia. They are raising money on kickstarter. Recently I caught up with Gabriel Ruiz to learn more about the effort; here’s what he told me:

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

Bolieve’s mission goes beyond high-quality handmade products by incorporating social entrepreneurship. For each handmade backpack sold, Bolieve will provide a day of education to an average of 25 kids in Bolivia. By implementing the one for one model, it will tackle the top factors of poverty, lack of job opportunities and quality education.

How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

I’m hoping to raise $30,000. The main reason is to reduce the production cost of the handmade products by order a higher quantity of items, therefore, we can make a bigger social impact. So far I’ve raised $1,600 ans we have 26 days left in Kickstarter.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

As a native Bolivian, I have a enormous desire to help communities in need from Bolivia. I’ve seen the struggles that they have and I’m sure that with social entrepreneurship I can make a considerable positive impact in Bolivian communities, not just by donating money for education but also serve as an example to Bolivian entrepreneurs so they can begin contributing to different social obstacles.

What rewards, if any, are you offering to your supporters?

The rewards basically consists on Handcrafted Bolivian Backpacks, we also offer handmade bracelets. All of our products are handmade with high quality “Aguayo” and Leather. Aguayo is a traditional handmade weave absolutely beautiful.

Check out the campaign:

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Follow on Facebook.
Follow on Twitter at @BolieveOfficial

 

New Documentary By Award-Winning Director Stephanie Soechtig And Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock To Feature Environmental Activist Erin Brockovich

“THE DEVIL WE KNOW” Chronicles One Of The Biggest Environmental Scandals In U.S. History, Involving One Of The Most Recognizable Brand Names Ever: Teflon

An Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign Launches This Week To Support The Completion Of This Groundbreaking Documentary

Press Release – New York, NY – June 21, 2017 – Two forces in the documentary film world — Oscar-nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (SUPER SIZE ME) and award-winning director Stephanie Soechtig (FED UP) – have teamed up on an eye-opening new film that tells the story of an unprecedented chemical contamination that started in one of their hometowns before spreading around the globe. Today marks the launch of their Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, in order to raise the funds needed to finish the film, which is currently in post-production.

After taking on, respectively, fast food behemoth McDonald’s and the food and beverage industry, the filmmakers have turned their attention to the chemical industry in THE DEVIL WE KNOW.

Soechtig is the director, producer and writer of the project, with Spurlock coming on board as the Executive Producer, Jeremy Seifert (GMO OMG) co-directing, and Mark Monroe as co-writer. The film features environmental activist Erin Brockovich, who famously took on Pacific Gas and Electric for contaminating the drinking water in Hinckley, California, and has remained an outspoken advocate for citizens across the country and around the world whose water has been poisoned.

THE DEVIL WE KNOW focuses on one such story that unfolded in Parkersburg, West Virginia. For decades, the makers of Teflon, the multi-national chemical corporation DuPont, exposed its workers and an entire community to C8, a toxic chemical used to make its non-stick superstar and countless other consumer products. Now, according to the CDC, C8 is found in the blood of 99.7% of Americans.

“C8 is one of the most prolific contaminants we’re seeing. It’s popping up every place,” states Brockovich. “It’s in everything. I’m dealing with so many communities right now who are sick. Many have suffered with illnesses that science is starting to link with C8.”

“As a native West Virginian, this story and the struggle the people of this community endure is one I could not ignore,” adds Spurlock. “I am hopeful that with this movie, we will continue to get them all the justice and closure they deserve.”

“I’m so excited about the team we’ve put together on this film,” says Soechtig. “Morgan is a very generous and gracious collaborator, and his support of the film is especially meaningful given that it takes place in his hometown of Parkersburg, WV. And working with the incomparable Erin Brockovich has been profoundly important to the telling of this story.”

With the project in post-production, the filmmakers today launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo in order to finish the film. Those interested in supporting THE DEVIL WE KNOW can find out more at http://igg.me/at/thedevilweknow. Unique perks for participating include a 2-night stay, plus dinner, at The Surf Lodge in Montauk, NY; an opportunity to pitch a film and/or television project to a major production company; a pair of tickets to a taping of Late Night with Seth Meyers in New York – including a meet-and-greet with Meyers; and a lunch meeting with director Morgan Spurlock.

“This film is an incredibly fascinating story that unfolds very much like a narrative film,” adds Soechtig. “While it is similar to my other films – UNDER THE GUN and FED UP – in that it explores a very complex, very urgent social issue, stylistically it is much different from those films and that has been an exciting challenge for me. I am hopeful that THE DEVIL WE KNOW will be a wake-up call to the public about the complete lack of oversight on tens of thousands of industrial chemicals in this country.”

THE DEVIL WE KNOW represents the second film on which Spurlock’s Warrior Poets has partnered with Indiegogo to support the funding of documentaries on the crowdfunding platform.


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New Author, Podcaster Launches Radio Show With Crowdfunding Campaign


Tony Loyd is a podcaster who interviews social entrepreneurs. He has just been invited to host a weekly, drive-time radio show. He’s also finishing up a book. To launch all of this, Tony is running a crowdfunding campaign on StartSomeGood.com.

Tony lives by the mantra “miracles happen when you are in motion.” He says, the radio show came about because he was out and about, was producing a podcast and another host of the radio show connected him to the producer.

His book, Crazy Good Advice, features ten lessons from the 150 episodes of his show, extracting patterns and insights from the great social entrepreneurs he’s interviewed.

Tony is out to change the world.

He says, “Our business is focused only on amplifying the stories of social entrepreneurs. Stories move us. They take us out of our logical brains and help us to connect with one another.”

“When people hear stories of social good, they are engaged, informed and inspired,” he continues.  “Because social entrepreneurs are everyday people like you and me, when listeners hear their stories, they see themselves as possible changemakers too.”

The audio format is powerful, Tony says. “The stories inspire people to take action. Listeners are more inclined to give time, talent, and treasure to help a cause. Or, they take the leap and become changemakers themselves. The circle expands and encourages more social good and more stories that need to be told.”

Tony Loyd

Tony Loyd

More about the Social Entrepreneur:

Twitter: @SocEntPod

Every Monday you hear interviews with social entrepreneurs, founders, investors and thought leaders. They share their successes, failures and what they have learned along the way.

Tony’s bio:

Twitter: @TonyLoyd

Tony is the executive producer of the podcast Social Entrepreneur where you can hear the stories of changemakers who are making an impact on the world.

Tony has provided leadership to Fortune 500 companies for over 25 years, with global brands such as John Deere, Medtronic and Buffalo Wild Wings. He has extensive experience conducting strategic planning, leading organizational design, creating talent management strategy and conducting leadership development workshops.

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This Film Needs Your Help To Show The Stories of Social Entrepreneurs Fixing Some of The World’s Biggest Problems

THE NEW BREED: The Rise of the Social Entrepreneur – is a new feature documentary that captures millennial change-makers using business to fix some of the world’s biggest problems. They are raising money on StartSomeGood. Recently I caught up with Pete Williams to learn more about the effort; here’s what he told me:

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

I was inspired to make a feature film about Social Entrepreneurship because so many people still don’t know what it means and so many of us in the field find it hard to define. The two primary goals of THE NEW BREED are to raise Social Entrepreneurship to mainstream awareness and to encourage all of us to be more conscious about who we share our money with and what effect that has on people and the planet.

How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

We are hoping to raise $20,000 from our crowdfunding efforts, which will be used exclusively to cover travel costs to film stories of social impact outside of the USA. Our three featured entrepreneurs have their impact centres in Chile, Peru and Uganda and the money raised will cover flights and accommodation for crew as well as car hire, local fixers and equipment.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

The entrepreneurs we are featuring in the film are helping end poverty in Uganda, empower women in Peru, rescue plastics from the ocean in Chile and supply homeless men and women with products they need in the USA. The film will highlight these stories in the hope of inspiring a new generation of change-makers to consider a life as a social entrepreneur or intrapreneur.

What rewards, if any, are you offering to your supporters?

We are offering a bunch of great incentives all made with love by our Social Entrepreneur partners. We have t-shirts from Krochet Kids, socks from Bonfolk and skateboards from Bureo as well as pins, hats, watches, bags and much more.

Check out the campaign:

Visit the website.
Follow on Facebook.
Follow on Twitter at @NewBreed_Movie

Support “Invest in the Nest” to Save African Penguins from Extinction

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) wants to build artificial nests for endangered African penguins. They are raising money on kickstarter. Recently I caught up with Rob Vernon to learn more about the effort; here’s what he told me:

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

African penguins are in peril. Where once there were over one million breeding pairs of penguins, now there are only about 25,000. And if we don’t act right now, we could lose the species entirely to extinction. These unique and fascinating birds used to build their nests where they lay their eggs and raise their families in a thick, stable layer of guano — yep, that’s poop. But for decades, their guano has been over-harvested by humans to sell as fertilizer, leaving them without a safe place to make their homes. Add to that problem predation, dwindling food supply, and habitat changes and you’ve got a recipe for unimaginable population decline. But hope for the African penguin is not lost! Members of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) from around the globe have come together with a plan to take on this unique challenge. We’ve got the best animal scientists and researchers on the case, and they’ve got a simple, but powerful, solution: an artificial nest, rigorously tested and perfected in the field. Our Kickstarter campaign is an easy and fun way (with great rewards!) anyone can help save a species!

How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

We want to raise $150,000 to help build and place 1,500 artificial nests for African penguins. This is part of the AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction African Penguin Artificial Nest Development Project (Learn more: https://www.aza.org/SAFE-african-penguin-conservation-projects#5). The nests will be built by hand in South Africa, providing local jobs. So far, we have raised just over $122,000.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums, and our partners around the world, are working fast and furiously to find solutions to the dangers African penguins face. But we can’t do it without you. So far, we’ve been able to secure funding for the first research and development phase of our project. Now we’re ready to take it to the next level. You can help us produce and install 1,500 nests to place in actual penguin colonies across South Africa and Namibia. So yes — zoos and aquariums need your help to make this happen. But ultimately, it’s the African penguins that need you. Humans have contributed to the decline of this species, and it’s up to us to give them a chance for survival.

What rewards, if any, are you offering to your supporters?

We have a variety of rewards at all levels including totes, mugs, car decals, t-shirts, plus original penguin art, unique zoo and aquarium experiences, penguin charm bracelets from ALEX + ANI, and even a voicemail from Jack Hanna!

Check out the campaign:

Visit the website.
Follow on Facebook.
Follow on Twitter at @zoos_aquariums

 

Zoos, Aquariums Launch First of its Kind Kickstarter Campaign to Help Save Endangered African Penguins

“Invest In The Nest” will help build and place nests in Africa.

Press Release – May 17, 2017 (Silver Spring, MD) – African penguin populations have been declining for the past few decades. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), its members and partners are taking action to help reverse this trend. Today, they are launching the “Invest In The Nest” campaign on Kickstarter, the innovative crowdfunding platform. The campaign seeks to raise $150,000 to help build and place 1,500 artificial nests for African penguins in South Africa and Namibia.

“AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are conservation organizations dedicated to helping save species and generate awareness about what is impacting animals in the wild,” said Dan Ashe, President and CEO of AZA. “We believe the Kickstarter community is a natural fit to ‘invest in the nest,’ and more importantly, play a direct role in helping to save this species.

A dedication to species conservation is the reason behind why AZA and its members created AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction®, a program that brings together the expertise and resources of AZA, its members, and partners to help save species from extinction. Establishing new artificial nests is a priority identified in the AZA SAFE African penguin conservation action plan, and necessary to help save African penguins.

“We’re always excited about campaigns that expand our worldview and actively contribute to innovation around the globe. Invest In The Nest is pushing boundaries in the practice of conservation and bringing optimism and direct action to the Kickstarter backer community,” says Clarissa Redwine, Kickstarter’s Design and Technology Outreach Lead for the West Coast. “This conservation effort takes backers through the process of designing, building, and installing habitat structures that will help save endangered African penguins, helping Kickstarter backers play a vital part in protecting wildlife.”

Supporters of the campaign won’t go away empty-handed. A variety of rewards is available for backing the Kickstarter campaign, including exclusive behind-the- scenes opportunities at some of the best aquariums and zoos in the country, as well as original penguin art, symbolic penguin adoption kits, t-shirts, totes, posters and more. Some additional, exclusive rewards will also be offered during the campaign.

In addition to the great rewards, Stonyfield, the country’s leading organic yogurt maker and a proud sponsor of AZA SAFE, is helping AZA reach its campaign goal by kicking in $30,000 toward the $150,000 goal. As part of Stonyfield’s year-long effort, they will not only be contributing funds to fieldwork, but will also aim to encourage kids and their families to see animals and conservation projects first hand at zoos and aquariums through an on-pack offer to get families out to visit AZA member zoos and aquariums in their communities. Now through the end of September, families who buy two YoKids® yogurt packs can visit azasafe.stonyfield.com to get a free kid’s admission to a participating AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium with the purchase of a full-price adult ticket.

“It isn’t often a cow has an opportunity to help save a penguin, but our support of AZA SAFE and its Kickstarter campaign really allows us to make a difference for these endangered animals,” said Natalie Levine, Stonyfield Brand Director. “By making sure this campaign gets off to a strong start, we aim to not only support the recovery of endangered African penguins, but also inspire others to do the same.”

If fully funded, the nests will be constructed by hand in South Africa, helping to create jobs for residents.

Additional background about the project, including information on the engineering and testing that went into developing the nests, can be found on the “Invest In The Nest” Kickstarter campaign page at www.aza.org/kickstarter.

About AZA

Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and eight other countries. Look for the AZA accreditation logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in saving species and your link to helping animals all over the world. To learn more, visit www.aza.org.

About SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction®

SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction combines the power of zoo and aquarium visitors with the resources and collective expertise of AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and partners to save animals from extinction. Together we are working on saving the most vulnerable wildlife species from extinction and protecting them for future generations. To learn more, visit www.aza.org/aza-safe.

About Stonyfield

As the leading organic yogurt maker, Stonyfield takes care with everything it puts into its yogurts and everything it keeps out. By saying no to toxic persistent pesticides, artificial hormones, antibiotics and GMOs, Stonyfield has been saying yes to delicious, healthy food for more than 30 years. With their direct milk supply program, Stonyfield helps to grow the number of organic dairy farms in New England – and through their support of the Wolfe’s Neck Dairy Farmer training program, Stonyfield works to train the next generation of organic farmers. To learn more about all Stonyfield products and more, visit www.Stonyfield.com.

Groundbreaking Virtual Reality Treatment Against Smoking Addiction Launches Kickstarter Campaign

MindCotine’s first round of crowdsourcing launches on May 31 – World Health Organization’s World No Tobacco Day

Press Release – Redwood City, CA. May 31, 2017 – MindCotine, the first-ever Virtual Reality (VR) program combining mindfulness practices, psychological therapies and community engagement to combat nicotine addiction, has announced its first crowd-funding Kickstarter campaign.

Responding to the need of more than 1 billion smokers worldwide looking for a non-invasive and inexpensive method to quit smoking, MindCotine marks the launch of its crowdfunding campaign on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World No Tobacco Day on May 31. The campaign aims to engage as many people as possible to join the MindCotine community, continue funding the development and worldwide distribution of the groundbreaking app.

MindCotine’s creators realized that the needs for smokers looking to quit for good were not being met. With the premise that smokers do not have convenient tools nor programs handy to treat the actual root of their addiction, the team combined their diverse expertise in the medical and virtual reality fields to engineer an easily accessible mobile application.

The product works as users are guided through a mindfulness process, a mental state achieved by focusing on awareness on the present moment, and a biofeedback monitoring system that trains users to control bodily processes. By becoming conscious of what the habit represents for each user, they are then able to better identify and take charge of their impulses and behavior. The program also provides users with the tools necessary to overcome the cravings and discomforts associated with tobacco withdrawal through a strong community platform with an AI component. Users are welcome to join and practice the skills acquired, as well as support other peers to overcome the source of the addiction.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), smoking causes approximately 6 million deaths per year, and is responsible for over $1 trillion in healthcare costs worldwide. Governments and other entities around the world have taken measures on this problem, proposing a broad variety of solutions, from taxation and banning, to awareness campaigns, to nicotine-related therapies, such as nicotine patches and prescription medications.

For more information, visit MindCotine’s Kickstarter page to learn more about the revolutionary product that will help end the global and life-threatening tobacco epidemic.

This unique solution is currently undergoing validation and trials by a wide array of focus groups at universities around the world, including Menlo College in California, Universidad Siglo 21 in Argentina and Universidad de la Comunicación in Mexico City.

“Coding Autism” Surpasses $50K Crowdfunding Goal to Help Train Adults with Autism How to Code

Program Aims to Combat Unemployment and Underemployment Rates Among People with Autism; Crowdfunding Campaign Launches to Help Fund Program and Provide Scholarships

Press Release – (Los Angeles, CA) – April 28, 2017 – Coding Autism, a full-service professional coaching and training company that trains adults on the autism spectrum in professional skills such as software engineering, quality assurance and web development, today announced that the company has surpassed its $50,000 crowdfunding goal. The contributions will help fund the program’s first web development bootcamp, and provide for scholarships so that the entire 15-person first class can attend tuition-free.

Every year, the number of people diagnosed with autism rises, however there are simply not enough quality programs designed towards training adults with autism with real-world career skills. As a result, too many are either unemployed or working in menial jobs below their skill level. To help adults with autism learn the fundamental skills necessary to secure an entry-level web developer job, Coding Autism has announced a new program to train those with autism how to code.

Coding Autism crowdfunding campaign can be seen at: https://startsomegood.com/coding-autism-training-adults-with-autism-in-code.

Coding Autism’s first web development boot camp is called the ASPIRE Web Development Immersive. This is a 15-week, full-time course where students will be learning the fundamental skills of coding. The first class will take place at Hub 101 in Thousand Oaks, CA (Greater Los Angeles Area) with online classes planned in 2018.

“We are proud to surpass our funding goal and are encouraged that supporters from coast to coast agree that it is completely unacceptable that our autistic community is experiencing an over 80% unemployment and underemployment rate,” said Oliver Thornton, CEO & co-founder of Coding Autism. “As passionate advocates who have either been diagnosed with autism ourselves or have family members affected with autism, we understand that with the right resources, training, coaching and environment that individuals with autism can thrive in the workforce.”

By founding Coding Autism and launching the ASPIRE Web Development Immersive, Mr. Thornton believes that they can create highly qualified, skilled, and eager to work autistic employees to fill job vacancies in the tech industry.

Research has shown that typical autistic characteristics such as attention to detail, affinity for repetitive tasks and introversion are all traits that lend themselves to becoming a successful employee within the tech industry. With the $50k+ average annual salary for entry-level, full-time web developers, tech is an attractive industry in which to pursue a career.

Over the last decade, companies such as Microsoft and SAP have implemented autism hiring initiatives. This was done not to combat autistic unemployment, but because they have seen that adults with autism can be exceptional employees and drive innovation when provided the right structure, mentorship and on-boarding. Students that want to enroll can sign-up to receive more information at: www.CodingAutism.com

A video can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVybQJSNlS4

About Coding Autism:

Coding Autism is a full-service professional coaching and training company that trains adults on the autism spectrum in professional skills such as software engineering, quality assurance, and web development. We also assist our graduates in finding employment within the software and technology industries. We do so by providing services such as immersive programs and bootcamps, resume workshops, career counseling, interview preparation, and coaching/mentorship, all of which is designed around providing an environment where people on the spectrum can thrive. More information is available at http://www.CodingAutism.com.

This Entrepreneur Is Working To Address Affordable Housing Crisis With Shipping Containers


The country’s fascination with tiny homes has led to a nascent movement using shipping containers for low-income housing. With some tiny homes and apartments having fewer than 200 square feet, the 40-foot shipping container and its approximately 320 square feet could feel relatively spacious.

Wanona Satcher, the CEO and founder of ReJuve Corp based in Atlanta, is launching a new initiative to create “Plug-In Pods” using shipping containers. She hopes to create a flexible model for l0w-income housing that addresses need of a range of people, from millennial minimalists to seniors who may want or need to live backyard-close to family caregivers.

Be sure to watch my interview with Wanona at the top of this artice.

Two Plug-In-Pods, one home and one office, rendered side-by-side courtesy of ReJuve Corp

Two Plug-In-Pods, one home and one office, rendered side-by-side courtesy of ReJuve Corp

Recently, Wanona launched a crowdfunding campaign on the new ifundwomen crowdfunding site. She has already raised $11,920 toward her goal of $20,000 to construct a prototype dwelling in a container.

The costs for creating a dwelling begin with the $2,000 to $3,000 price for a container. Wanona hopes to keep the all-in cost between $20,000 and $40,000.

Wanona is seeking to use a land trust to create financial models that will keep the housing units affordable long into the future. For the prototype dwelling, Wanona has received a donated site.

Container homes could potentially have very long lives. Containers are designed to withstand weather when shipped across oceans, on trains or highways. The strength of a container could be an optimal space for a dwelling.

Wanona is working to acquire and equip a manufacturing a facility where the containers can be converted. This will create jobs and allow the completed homes to be shipped to a site for installation.

She hopes that the homes will contribute to solutions for poverty in America. By providing radically affordable housing, she hopes to enable people to find sustainably affordable lifestyles.

To learn more, visit Wanona’s crowdfunding page at ifundwomen.

Wanona Satcher, courtesy of ReJuve Corp

Wanona Satcher, courtesy of ReJuve Corp

More about ReJuve Corp:

ReJuve Corp is an Atlanta-based charitable urban design nonprofit for social good. Our team reuses and upcycles spaces and materials to develop permanent equitable communities and effective neighborhood services around the globe through cost-efficient and environmentally sound methodologies.

Wanona’s bio:

Wanona Satcher is an urban designer, landscape architectural designer, city planner, economic developer and has produced children’s theatre. Wanona holds Masters degrees in landscape architecture and community planning from Auburn University as well as Economic Development and Finance Professional Certification from the National Development Council in small business development and real estate development. She’s been featured in the Huffington Post, GOOD Magazine and was a Next City Vanguard. Wanona is currently working on a crowdfunding campaign to rapidly build affordable housing and entrepreneurial spaces in low-wealth communities.

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