S01 Episode 43 | SOKO, VIRTUAL SUPPLY CHAINS + CONNECTIVE TECHNOLOGY
In episode 43, Kestrel connects with Gwendolyn Floyd, the co-founder of Soko, an ethical fashion brand and manufacturing platform. Internationally recognized for her work in mobile technology for development, Soko is Gwendolyn's fourth business.
In this chat, Gwendolyn breaks down the revolutionary technology they've built at Soko, which employs artisans across East Africa to manufacture beautiful, contemporary jewelry using a virtual supply chain. Given that mobile phones have become accessible all over the globe, Soko allows artisans to grow at their own rate and at their own level through their on-demand purchase order functionality - all of it being communicated to their artisans via mobile phones.
Soko's innovative approach truly breaks up the traditional idea of what a supply chain has to be, and raises a big question around whether technology can really impact positive change around the globe.