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The Social Impact Pulse

The Social Impact Pulse

By Nureen Das
Cultivating intimate conversations with entrepreneurs, reflecting on the heartbeat of their organization. Each episode is a ‘no filter’ conversation with entrepreneurs working at the intersection of the sustainable livelihoods and lifestyle sectors, where we dig deep into the values they hold dear and how that moulds & shapes the social impact they strive for through their organizations.
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Series 4 Review
Tune in today for a review of our recently completed Series 4. We'll be taking a short break over winter and back with new episodes in the Spring. In meantime we'll be sharing clips from the various conversations in the new year.  The Social Impact Pulse is a project of the Artesan Gateway and the soon to be launched, Their Stories Be Told. Music by Josef Pres; DDmyzik 
08:07
December 08, 2021
Episode 30: MayaMam Weavers
In this episode we are joined by Caryn Maxim, founder of Mayamam - a cooperative of women in Cajolá, a Mayan town in the western highlands of Guatemala. We hear about the journey that led to the founding of Mayamam; the moments that have made Caryn proud as founder; the ways in which leadership skills have been fostered in the group; and how Caryn would like Mayaman to be remembered. Check out our short animation teaser here. The Social Impact Pulse is a project of the Artesan Gateway and the soon to be launched, Their Stories Be Told. Music by Josef Pres; DDmyzik
32:20
December 01, 2021
Episode 29: Ekatra
In this episode we are joined by Aishwarya Jhawar, co-founder of Ekatra. Aishwarya is one half of a mother-daughter duo who have created a handmade stationery collective focused on women’s empowerment, based out of India. We hear about training as a public space designer led Aishwarya to create this brand with her mother; how they cultivate impact in the lives of their artisan producers through the brand; the moments that have made her proud as co-founder; and their aspirations for the brand. Check out our short animation teaser here. The Social Impact Pulse is a project of the Artesan Gateway and the soon to be launched, Their Stories Be Told. Music by Josef Pres; DDmyzik
17:08
November 24, 2021
Episode 28: Freeleaf
In this episode we are joined by Adiysn Pyles, co-founder of Freeleaf - a social enterprise that provides employment and holistic care to at-risk and previously abused or exploited women in Asia and Austin, Texas. We’ll hear about how the brand got started; how Freeleaf cultivates impact through the work they do; the aspirations for the brand; and the role that consumers can play in having an impact. Check out our short animation teaser here. The Social Impact Pulse is a project of the Artesan Gateway and the soon to be launched, Their Stories Be Told. Music by Josef Pres; DDmyzik
25:37
November 17, 2021
Episode 27: Blooh
In this episode we are joined by Sangya Gyawali from Blooh - a community of artisans dedicated to good design that currently works exclusively with skilled artisans and groups in Kenya. We’ll hear about how the brand got started; the meaning behind the name, Blooh; the moments that have made Sangya proud as founder of Blooh; and her aspirations for the brand. Check out our short animation teaser here. The Social Impact Pulse is a project of the Artesan Gateway and the soon to be launched, Their Stories Be Told. Music by Josef Pres; DDmyzik
20:56
November 10, 2021
Episode 26: Mint + Laurel
In this episode we are joined by Kinda Hibrawi co-founder of Mint & Laurel: a social enterprise and e-commerce with one vision - to connect highly skilled artisans from the Middle East to an untapped global market. We hear about how the brand got started; the moments that have made her proud as co-founder of Mint & Laurel; the challenges they face; and the legacy they’d like to leave behind. Check out our short animation teaser here. The Social Impact Pulse is a project of the Artesan Gateway and the soon to be launched, Their Stories Be Told. Music by Josef Pres; DDmyzik
22:22
November 03, 2021
Episode 25: P-TAL
In this episode we are joined by Aditya Agrawal, founder of P-Tal a sustainable brand that supports the dying hammered brass and copper sheets craft that is made into traditional utensils. This art form is currently the only craft from India listed as an UNESCO craftform.  We’ll hear about how the brand got started; the impact the brand has had on the craftsmen; the aspiration for the brand; and how they would like to be remembered. Check out our short animation teaser here. The Social Impact Pulse is a project of the Artesan Gateway and the soon to be launched, Their Stories Be Told. Music by Josef Pres; DDmyzik
28:33
October 27, 2021
Episode 24: Darzah Designs
In this episode we are joined by Dr. Janette Habashi, founder of two brands whose mission is to empower women in Palestine: Darzah - a non-profit, ethical fashion brand creating authentic, handmade Palestinian products; and Zeki Learning - a non-profit, educational toy brand that produces ethically-made learning resources in Palestine. We hear about how her background in educational psychology led to the founding of both brands;  the moments that have made her proud; her desires and aspirations for the brands; and how she would like the brands to be remembered. Check out our short animation teaser here. The Social Impact Pulse is a project of the Artesan Gateway and the soon to be launched, Their Stories Be Told. Music by Josef Pres; DDmyzik
27:34
October 20, 2021
Series Three Review
In this episode we recap series three and share some themes from our conversation. We'll be taking a short break and will be back in a couple of weeks with more conversations with entrepreneurs and brands who operate at the intersection of sustainable livelihoods and sustainable lifestyle products. Stay tuned! 
09:08
October 06, 2021
Episode 23: 700 Rivers
In this episode we are joined by Cathy Gomes, CEO and founder of 700 Rivers - a global, ethical, and sustainable lifestyle brand that creates all-natural products. We’ll hear about how the brand got started; the meaning behind the name 700 Rivers; what motivates Cathy to work in the social impact space; and her dreams and aspirations for the brand. Check out our short animation teaser here. The Social Impact Pulse is a project of the Artesan Gateway and the soon to be launched, Their Stories Be Told. Music by Josef Pres; DDmyzik
34:31
September 29, 2021
Episode 22: Five and Six Textiles
In this episode we are joined by Emma Wingfiled co-founder of Five and Six Textiles a design collaborative working with weavers in Côte d’Ivoire. We’ll hear about how the collaborative got started; the meaning behind the name - Five and Six Textiles; the importance of recognizing innovations within weaving communities in the global south; and their desire to create impact by how people look at hand woven textiles. Check out our short animation teaser here. The Social Impact Pulse is a project of the Artesan Gateway and the soon to be launched, Their Stories Be Told. Music by Josef Pres; DDmyzik
26:46
September 22, 2021
Episode 21: Mitimeth
In this episode we are joined by Achenyo Idachaba-Obaro from Mitimeth - a Nigerian based social enterprise focused on transforming waste and building livelihoods.  We’ll hear about how her training in computer science and work in the energy sector led to starting a social enterprise; the importance of providing employment to artisan producers and her staff; the story and meaning behind the name Mitimeth; and her desire to have a vocational center that specialises in the transformation of natural fibres. Check out our short animation teaser here. The Social Impact Pulse is a project of the Artesan Gateway and the soon to be launched, Their Stories Be Told. Music by Josef Pres; DDmyzik
33:30
September 15, 2021
Episode 20: Kantala
In this episode we are joined by Vikum Rajapakse and Nadishan Shanthikumar from Kantala - a Sri Lankan based sustainable brand that makes vegan bags & accessories. We’ll hear about what led them to start the brand; their commitment to providing a sustainable livelihood not just for their artisan producers, but the producers household; the challenges they have faced alongside their accomplishments; and how they would like to be remembered for creating a business that can be good for the planet while inspiring people in the supply chain and customers too. Check out our short animation teaser here. The Social Impact Pulse is a project of the Artesan Gateway and the soon to be launched, Their Stories Be Told. Music by Josef Pres; DDmyzik
35:23
September 08, 2021
Episode 19: Secret Projects
In this episode we are joined by Fritha Mason Founder and CEO and Banke Ajayi CFO of  Secret Projects - a social enterprise that generates positive change in their communities in India through employing and training women to create clothing, accessories and homeware products. We’ll hear about how the organization got started; the meaning behind the name - Secret Projects; what motivates Fritha and Banke to do the work they do; and what they would like the Secret Projects legacy to be. Check out our short animation teaser here. The Social Impact Pulse is a project of the Artesan Gateway and the soon to be launched, Their Stories Be Told. Music by Josef Pres; DDmyzik
34:25
September 01, 2021
Episode 18: Deux Mains
In this episode we are joined by Julie Colombino-Billingham, founder of Deux Mains a sustainable brand based in Haiti that employs and trains individuals to handcraft beautiful premium products with purpose, from responsibly sourced materials. We hear about Julie’s journey from working in disaster relief to creating the brand; the moments that have made her proud; how she would like Deux Mains to be remembered; and her desire to replicate the model globally. This episode was recorded at the end of June - if you’d like to know more about how to support the relief and long-term development needs in Haiti, visit their affiliated organization, Rebuild Globally. Check out our short animation teaser here. The Social Impact Pulse is a project of the Artesan Gateway and the soon to be launched, Their Stories Be Told. Music by Josef Pres; DDmyzik
24:38
August 25, 2021
Episode 17: Fuchsia Shoes
In this episode we are joined by Afshan Abbas founder of Fuchsia Shoes -  an ethically made, one-of-a-kind luxury shoe brand, based out of Seattle, Washington, USA. We’ll hear about her transition from being a software engineer to founding a shoe brand; the meaning behind the name Fuchsia Shoes; what motivates her personally as well as the brand to keep going; and the moments that have made her proud. Check out our short animation teaser here. The Social Impact Pulse is a project of the Artesan Gateway and the soon to be launched, Their Stories Be Told. Music by Josef Pres; DDmyzik
24:08
August 18, 2021
Episode 16: Rivaayat
In this episode we are joined by the co-founders of Rivaayat - a social enterprise that aims to revive and sustain the age-old art form of Terracotta Pottery by empowering the artisans and making them entrepreneurs. What’s unique about this organization is that it is run by students from the Sri Ram College of Commerce in Delhi, India.  We were joined by Raya, Garv and Ishika who shared about how this enterprise came about; their goal to provide the artisans with a sustainable livelihood and increase their income; the importance of cultivating relationships and developing trust with the artisans; and their goal to have a mark on dying art forms in India; Check out our short animation teaser here. The Social Impact Pulse is a project of the Artesan Gateway and the soon to be launched, Their Stories Be Told. Music by Johnnie Holiday; DDmyzik
27:17
August 11, 2021
Episode 15: Social Stories Club
In this episode we are joined by Karis Gill from the Social Stories Club - a social impact gifting company based out of Edinburgh, Scotland. We’ll hear about how the idea for a social enterprise gifting company came to be; how they tell the story behind each product through packaging; how she cultivates impact through the products and by empowering and valuing the team; and her desire to make every company in the world have a social mission. Check out our short animation teaser here. The Social Impact Pulse is a project of the Artesan Gateway and the soon to be launched, Their Stories Be Told. Music by Johnnie Holiday; DDmyzik
21:14
August 04, 2021
Episode 14: Reflection on Series 2
Listen to the Social Impact Pulse producers Nureen Das & Melanie Riordan, as they share their reflections and highlights from Series Two. We hope you’ve enjoyed the series so far and do rate and review wherever you listen to your podcasts - we’d love to hear from you! We’ll be taking a short break and will be back on air on 4 August with the next series and more great conversations. We hope you will join us! The Social Impact Pulse is a project of the Artesan Gateway and the soon to be launched, Their Stories Be Told. Music by Johnnie Holiday; DDmyzik
12:45
July 14, 2021
Episode 13: mimycri
In this episode we are joined by co-founders Nora and Vera mimycri, a Berlin based, social business that makes high-quality bags and backpacks out of discarded and broken refugee rubber boats. We’ll hear about how volunteering on the Greek island of Chios, welcoming refugees arriving in boats in 2015 led to the creation of mimycri; how they create impact not only for their team members but through their products;  how the brand serves as vehicle for conversations around the refugee crisis as well as the circular economy; their aspirations for the brand; and advice for entrepreneurs in the social impact space. Check out our short animation teaser here. The Social Impact Pulse is a project of the Artesan Gateway and the soon to be launched, Their Stories Be Told.
34:22
July 07, 2021
Episode 12: Madia & Matilda
In this episode we are joined by Shalize Nicholas founder of Madia & Matilda, a luxury clothing label, specalizing in upcycled and sustainable fabrics, based in Gloucestershire, UK.  We hear about how the brand got started; what motivates Shalize; how consumer engagement in sustainable fashion has evolved over time; and the story behind the name Madia & Matilda Check out our short animation teaser here. The Social Impact Pulse is a project of the Artesan Gateway and the soon to be launched, Their Stories Be Told. Music by Johnnie Holiday; DDmyzik
17:30
June 30, 2021
Episode 11: The Clothing Bank
In this episode we are joined by Tracey Chambers and Tracey Gilmore from the Clothing Bank - a South African social enterprise that partners with fast fashion retailers whose merchandise has been returned by customers or hasn’t sold in a season, as well as appliance retailers with unwanted merchandise, and provides unemployed mothers and men to start informal retail trading businesses. We’ll hear about how their mission to provide income for unemployed mothers, has become a holistic approach to creating sustainable livelihoods; the importance cultivating relationships and leveraging networks with corporate partners and others; their big big vision to see this model work through the rest of the world, where retailers partner with organizations to create employment for the unemployed through reselling waste merchandise; the challenges and opportunities that have made the Clothing bank what it is today; and shared some advice for aspiring social entrepreneurs and those early on in their social impact journey. Check out our short animation teaser here. The Social Impact Pulse is a project of the Artesan Gateway and the soon to be launched, Their Stories Be Told. Music by Johnnie Holiday; DDmyzik
37:13
June 23, 2021
Episode 10: Théla
In this episode we are joined by Diti Kotecha from Théla, a plastic upcycling initiative that handcrafts products with discarded plastic. We hear about her journey with plastic waste and its harmful impact; the meaning behind the name, Théla; the process of turning plastic into a material used for making bags and accessories; and her dream for Théla to become a curated handcrafted plastic platform, collaborating with other brands. Check out our short animation teaser here. The Social Impact Pulse is a project of the Artesan Gateway and the soon to be launched, Their Stories Be Told. Music by Johnnie Holiday
21:32
June 16, 2021
Episode 9: Truly Batique
In this episode we are joined by UK based mother-daugther duo Loshini Bala and Payal Ramesh from Truly Batique - a brand that combines their love for arts and batik while empowering the  lives of impoverished artisan producers and communities in Malaysia.  We’ll hear about the motivation for creating the brand; the accomplishments both small and large that have made them proud; their dreams and aspirations for the brand; and what’s it like to run a family business. Check out our short animation teaser here. The Social Impact Pulse is a project of the Artesan Gateway and the soon to be launched, Their Stories Be Told. Music by Johnnie Holiday
22:58
June 09, 2021
Episode 8: Threadapeutic
In this episode we are joined by Hana Surya, founder of Threadapeutic, a sustainable artisanal textile studio that is passionate about fabric reconstruction with the goal of minimizing waste. Based in Jakarta, Indonesia, Therapeutic produces one-of-a kind contemporary bags, accessories and home furnishings, hand crafted from their signature faux chenille textile pieces, which have been sourced from deadstocks and offcuts from the garment industry. We’ll hear about how what started out as a hobby, turned into a sustainable brand; what it means to be amongst the first brands in Indonesia that uses waste products & how the brand empowers others through their work; and how she would like Threadapeutic to be remembered. Check out our short animation teaser here. The Social Impact Pulse is a project of the Artesan Gateway and the soon to be launched, Their Stories Be Told. Music by Migfus20
27:57
June 02, 2021
Episode 7: Diya Foundation & Diya Innovations
A conversation with Sarah Santamaria Founder and CEO of Diya Foundation, and Suman John, co-founder and CEO of Diya Innovations - sister organizations providing life skills and employment to the adults with intellectual disabilities. We hear about the history and creation of both organizations; how Sarah and Suman cultivate impact both at a professional and personal level; the moments that have made them proud, particularly seeing the transformation in the lives of their students and employees, who now through their own incomes, contribute to their families finances; and how Sarah and Suman have used Diya to create a collaborative platform engaging with others in the sector across the state of Karnataka, to raise the bar and possibilities of including the differently abled into the workforce. Check out our short animation teaser here. The Social Impact Pulse is a project of the Artesan Gateway and the soon to be launched, Their Stories Be Told. Music by Migfus20
30:52
May 26, 2021
Episode 6: Songa Designs
A conversation with Sarah Sternberg, founder of Songa Designs - a socially conscious lifestyle brand that works with artisan producers in Rwanda. We hear about three moments that made her proud; the meaning behind the name “Songa Designs”; how she measures impact by the number artisans and weavers she can serve by creating financial independence for them; and the things that keeps her up at night, including production capacity & the opportunity to consistently train more women. Check out our short animation teaser here. The Social Impact Pulse is a project of the Artesan Gateway and the soon to be launched, Their Stories Be Told. Music by Songa Designs; Hoerspielwerkstatt_HEF
23:55
May 19, 2021
Episode 5: Reflecting on Series 1
Listen to the Social Impact Pulse producers Nureen Das & Melanie Riordan, as they share their reflections and highlights from Series One. We hope you’ve enjoyed the series so far and do rate and review wherever you listen to your podcasts - we’d love to hear from you! We’ll be taking a short break and will be back on air on 19 May with series two and more great conversations. We hope you will join us! The Social Impact Pulse is a project of the Artesan Gateway and the soon to be launched, Their Stories Be Told. Music by Migfus20
15:27
May 05, 2021
Episode 4: Goodie’s African Interiors
A conversation between design student Cellah Were Osewe and Goodie Mzuri of Goodie’s African Interiors. We hear about how self-improvement plays an important role in Goodie’s efforts around knowledge sharing in the sector; the intentional design of the business to ensure that everything they do has a positive impact on whoever they work with from the producers to the consumers of their products; how she is inspired and empowered by her producers whose positive attitude keeps her going; and how she would like her legacy to be one of change. Check out a short animation from this episode here. The Social Impact Pulse is a project of the Artesan Gateway and the soon to be launched, Their Stories Be Told. Music by Migfus20
32:45
April 28, 2021
Episode 3: Style Isle
A conversation with Twinkle Ferraren of Style Isle - an island inspired, artisan-made collective of products made by indigenous communities from the Philippines. We hear about the professional & personal journey that led to the creation of  the brand; the personal toll of working with artisans who live in regions going through political and socio economic instability; the role innovation can play in supporting artisans and weavers who practice traditional techniques and methods; and the moments that have made her proud of her accomplishments with Style Isle. Check out a short animation from this episode https://youtu.be/H9GGOeUaDXI The Social Impact Pulse is a project of the Artesan Gateway and the soon to be launched, Their Stories Be Told. Music by Eardeer; Hoerspielwerkstatt_HEF
23:22
April 21, 2021
Episode 2: Tierra & Lava
A conversation with Lucy Ashman and Maria Westfried or Tierra & Lava - a natural skincare brand based out of Antigua, Guatemala. Highlights from the conversation include the story behind the brand’s name and how the surrounding natural resources serves as a source of inspiration; the excitement and enthusiasm working with natural ingredients; the dreams to make the brand an employee owned organization and create flagship destination spa retreats; and the struggles and trade offs of being a small brand. Check out a short animation from this episode here. The Social Impact Pulse is a project of the Artesan Gateway and the soon to be launched, Their Stories Be Told. Music by Migfus20
24:59
April 14, 2021
Episode 1: Pomogrenade
A conversation with Aiswarya Kutty & Madhulikha Umapathy, founders of Pomogrenade - a sustainable fashion brand.  We hear about how it all begin for the brand and the story behind the name, Pomogrenade; how they cultivate impact; the ways in which they are striving to make sustainability a way of life; and how they would like their brand to be remembered. Check out a short animation from this episode here. The Social Impact Pulse is a project of the Artesan Gateway and the soon to be launched, Their Stories Be Told. Music by Migfus20
26:40
April 07, 2021