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A New Social Enterprise in our Midst

23 September 2016

A New Social Enterprise in our Midst

Committee member Claire Conza, who has been behind our marketing & comms for over 3 years, has been busy re-inventing herself and her purpose in life and business with a new way of doing business - Social Enterprise that is 100% purpose driven and places just as much importance on people & planet as profit. We are proud of her taking the win in the Idealog Creative Kickstart Competition on her birthday in August - check out the little video below

"Make Give Live is a social enterprise focussed on community crafted warmth and wellbeing. It’s about making, giving and living. It connects, empowers and enriches the lives of people in their communities who might be struggling with isolation or wellbeing, and those who love to make and would like to be a bit more social and charitable while doing it.

We started with a session up in the Whangaparaoa library with a couple of passionate knitters (Anne & Jean) and my mother-in-law who were curious about this crazy idea I had. As word got around we gathered more makers and they seemed to really enjoy the sessions, and as people followed our story online they were eager to support and get their hands on our gorgeous beanies and be part of the giving movement too.

During our first winter the focus was on beanies which were sold on a ‘buy one – give one’ model so for each beanie sold one was given to a homeless or elderly person in need through our partners Age Concern Auckland and Lifewise.

The real impact we are creating and the amazing response so far is fuel to keep going and set up more groups in communities to start next winter as we campervan around NZ for the summer working on our systems and processes to enable us to scale up for 2017."

www.makegivelive.com - signup to the newsletter to watch the journey unfold

Check out the Idealog article in print in the next magazine

http://www.villainesse.com/girl-power/how-knitting-can-be-feminist


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