In February 2014 we launched Lalabu Soothe Shirts on The Grommet. We recently caught up with Brian and Keri, husband and wife team and co-founders of Lalabu, to see how things have been going since launch. This social business has made some exciting business developments, and the impact has been widespread.
Lalabu now utilizes a giving model they call “2% for Moms”. In partnership with Kiva, Lalabu gives 2% of all of their sales to women entrepreneurs in Africa in the form of micro-loans. Thanks to Grommet supporters, they have been able to lend $5,350 to 194 mom entrepreneurs in 20 different countries in Africa.
The team at Lalabu has also been active making their own community of Atlanta a better place. They’ve spearheaded major business and development projects for multiple organizations, including one aimed at helping young women in difficult positions find jobs, an organization to help struggling families find necessary services, and a group helping women refugees by providing job training.
As for the original Lalabu, the woman in Djibasso who inspired the Soothe Shirt in the first place? She recently had twins, and was able to use a Soothe Shirt of her very own with them. She’s thrilled knowing that her hospitality and graciousness has inspired a company that helps moms and babies around the world.
We don’t always realize how far the impact of our purchase can go. So thank you, Grommet supporters, for choosing to Buy Differently. Your purchases can, and do, make a difference.
To learn more about Lalabu, watch our video here.