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Let's give it up for the middleman.

The middleman always gets a bad rep, but let’s face it, without the person in the middle it would be extremely costly and take a LOT of time to fly around the world and hop on buses, trains, motorcycles, donkeys, tap taps... to find the amazing stuff we all love to find in our local shops. Middlemen serve the world in 2 ways:    The emerging artist is blessed to sell to a broader market The local customer is blessed to get a beautiful thing they themselves did not have to spend thousands of dollars and several weeks to find.    It is a balanced and beautiful transaction. I am very thankful for the people that own the boutiques and...

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3 tips to working in a country that isn't natively your own.

2nd Story Goods director and founder, MK has been living on the ground in Gonaives for almost 8 years. She's built a socially and ethically conscious company (In a country that isn't her own) by staying humble, laughing at mistakes, embracing the growing pains, and deep persistence. Although she is a lifetime learner, here are 3 tips she's picked up along the way. 1) If you aren’t fluent in the language, don’t assume you know what people are saying. I have made some pretty embarrassing mistakes when I nod and pretend to understand. Avoid embarrassing comments like: Staff person “ I am going to stop working now and go to the countryside and come back in three days”   Me: Ok see you...

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"6 steps to a rad day💪🏽" by MK

"Describe your daily routines and why you do them." The title of this article scares me!  I think of routines as disciplines, and I am so not that person!  With this, I am going to write honestly, and not sound like the expert I am not.   I get out of bed early. In my DNA I am wired for greater productivity in the early hours of the morning. My mind is clear and I have fresh energy. So without trying I wake up ridiculously early. It has been pretty annoying my entire life. I am in awe of people that can sleep in till 8, 9 or even 10 am! I used to feel guilty for my strange sleeping patterns....

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Change The Shape

Have you noticed our #changetheshape hashtag? Wonder what it means? It is a reference to the Bottom of the Pyramid (or BOP). “The bottom of the pyramid… is the largest, but poorest socio-economic group. In global terms, this is the 2.7 billion people who live on less than $2.50 a day.”2ndSG exists to see this pyramid changed. It isn’t right that a mother should have to choose which child gets to eat that day or that people die from curable diseases due to poor nutrition or unclean drinking water. I would propose to you that it isn’t an issue of there not being enough money in the world, but more an issue of strategy. What if we moved from aid to trade?...

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Woven Together

You wanna know one of the main reasons 2nd Goods Is able to do what we do? It’s because of YOU, the customer. You said yes to being involved in the conversation and because of it we’re changing the world together. It’s not about finding the cheapest most convenient thing anymore, it’s about making mindful purchases! When you buy a baby mobile, pillow, or rug from a company that has a high value for the humans making the product and their children (and their children’s’ children) your purchase expands from just meeting your decor needs to impacting a family line. I know that sounds dramatic, but it it’s the honest truth. That’s why we are so passionate about sharing the...

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