Big welcome to the 24 social enterprises and responsible business that joined the Good Market vendor community in February 2018! This month's roundup includes business service providers, upcycled housewares, spas, hotels, physiotherapy and clinical massage, manufacturers, and much more. See all 542 Good Market vendors at www.goodmarket.global.
SALT provides business education, mentoring, sales development, and investment services for social enterprises, startups, and small businesses. Their mission is to "build business, people first" and help people from all backgrounds turn their passion into action. SALT reinvests profits towards this social mission. They offer free mentoring and training programs for school kids and teens, recovering alcohol and drug addicts, marginalized communities, and struggling entrepreneurs. They also support educational scholarships and relief work related to health, housing, and natural disasters.
Yaka Products specializes in pure kithul palm syrup from the Matale district of Sri Lanka. They are working closely with a group of producers in a low income area, and by providing market linkage support, Yaka Products hopes to provide fixed and reliable income to these producers and their families. Glass bottles are collected and sanitized for reuse.
Sri Lanka Ayurvedic Drugs Corporation is a government body started in 1969 to manufacture and distribute high quality ayurvedic medicine to government hospitals and ayurvedic doctors. SLADC also conducts pharmacological research, sources quality raw materials, and maintains herbaria to conserve indigenous ayurvedic herbs. They provide discounts for registered doctors and shops, offer production incentives for workers, organize free medical camps in low income areas, and donate medicine after natural disasters. Visit https://srilankaayurvedicdrugscorporation.goodmarket.global/ for more info, links, and contact details.
Colour Me Green
Colour Me Green designs unique home and lifestyle products from recycled, repurposed, and sustainably sourced materials. They specialize in using byproducts from local industry to create pots, vases, baskets, trays, tealight holders, and jewelry that serve as "conversation pieces" and stimulate dialog about socially and environmentally conscious lifestyles. All products are handcrafted by skilled Sri Lankans from low income communities.
Foodizo is an initiative by Association of Food Science and Technology students at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. They volunteer their time to sell natural food and drinks and raise funds for rural schools. They are currently dedicating 100% of profits to renovate a laboratory and provide desks and chairs to a primary school in Polonnaruwa District. Their goal is to help young people obtain the education they need to improve their lives and their communities. Visit https://foodizo.goodmarket.global/ for more info, links, and contact details
InSearch offers business advisory services with a focus on helping socially and environmentally responsible enterprises improve performance and expand impact. Their team of professionals has corporate finance, investment banking, and legal experience and is able to assist with formalizing business operations, investment readiness, value assessments, concept and pitch development, and debt and equity fundraising. They prioritize long-term working relationships and affordable service fees for small and medium enterprises.
Innocent Foods was started by a mother and daughter duo to make nutritious convenience food available, accessible, and affordable to the average Sri Lanka. They focus on vegetarian and vegan products including hummus, pesto, tomato ketchup, peri peri sauce, natural peanut butter, and jams. Innocent Foods aims to recruit women currently outside the national workforce and provide them with advancement opportunities. They allocate 2% of profits to an animal welfare organization, 5% to the Environment Protection Fund, 10% to the Employee Advancement fund, and directly share 3% with employees.
Active Clinic for Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine offers comprehensive sports and exercise medicine to help people maintain an active, healthy lifestyle. Services include physiotherapy, clinical massage, sport injury management and rehabilitation, ergonomic and corporate wellness programs, baseline fitness assessments, clinical biomechanical evaluations, exercise prescriptions, and nutrition and dietary recommendations.
Paper Bag Shop manufactures custom paper bags and operates a retail outlet for walk-in customers. Their mission is to reduce the use of plastic bags by offering an environmentally responsible alternative. They offer bags made from recycled, unbleached, and Forest Stewardship Council certified materials and recycle all scrap materials.
Madushani Organic is a woman-led family farm in the Uva Province of Sri Lanka that focuses on organic pepper and compost production. They preferentially employ local young people who were not able to finish their studies. Madushani Organic is verified under an organic participatory guarantee system.
WIN Kithul produces kithul palm jaggery and syrup in Kalawana near the Sinharaja rainforest World Heritage Site. They provide pure, high quality products that are tapped and prepared using traditional techniques.
Avaera was started by a Dutch entrepreneur with a passion for healthy and ethical living. They specialize in organic food, personal care, and wellness products made from sustainably sourced coconut. Avaera maintains fair trade relationships with small-scale organic farmers and partners with Sri Lankan organizations working for positive social change, environmental conservation, and plastic waste reduction.
Siddhalepa was founded in 1937 by Dr Hettigoda, who came from a family of Ayurveda physicians dating back more than 200 years. The company now has an Ayurveda hospital, hotels, local and international spas, and a full line of traditional Ayurveda products. In addition to promoting Ayurveda and preserving Sri Lankan heritage, Siddhalepa has a long history of community service and environmental programs. They support schools in need and provide emergency relief and rehabilitation assistance after natural disasters. At Sri Pada and other annual religious events and pilgrimages, they provide Ayurveda products, drinking water, rest room facilities, waste bins, and environmental awareness programs. They have also placed waste bins and conducted environmental awareness programs in schools, hospitals, and public spaces and supported the conservation of indigenous medicinal plants through rural cultivation, school gardens, and endangered species protection programs. Visit https://siddhalepa.goodmarket.global/ for more info, links, and contact details.
Eco Grains is an organic certified line of legumes developed by Pulses Splitting and Processing Industry (PSPI). The company started as a family business in 1999 to serve the Sri Lankan market. In 2007, they upgraded and expanded their focus to export-oriented value addition. They source red lentils, green gram, and other legumes directly from organic farmers in India in order to offer the best possible prices to both producers and consumers. The legumes are split, processed, and packed in their organic certified manufacturing facility in Sapugaskanda, Sri Lanka and then exported or sold locally. PSPI raises awareness about the health and environmental benefits of legumes as a protein source and commits 5-7% of annual revenue to social service and infrastructure programs for workers and the surrounding community. Visit https://ecograins.goodmarket.global/ for more info, links, and contact details.
Dhee Ayurved offers Ayurveda training courses, consultation and treatments in Ayurveda and Sri Lankan traditional medicine, and affordable herbal products made from local, all natural materials. They use 25% of profits to provide free health awareness programs, consultations, and treatments to low-income community members and educational support for workers' children.
Curry Up was started by two home cooks to offer Thai, Indian, Sri Lankan, and other Asian curries made with with local and organic ingredients. Galangal, kaffir lime, fresh ginger, fresh turmeric and fresh coriander leaves are grown in their home town, Kuliyapitiya, and the majority of other ingredients are sourced from Good Market vendors. Curry Up gives back to the community by providing free meals to people in need. As they grow, they aim to support charities focused on animal welfare and women's empowerment.
Deepibags is a women-led enterprise specializing in affordable cotton handloom bags. The handloom material is sourced from small-scale local weavers and sewn into bags by a network of women, who primarily work from home. Deepibags aims to provide additional income opportunities for local women and promote the use of environmentally responsible, reusable bags.
CK Food uses locally sourced ingredients to make traditional, all natural foods at affordable prices. They specialize in Sri Lankan plain hoppers, egg hoppers, vegetable hoppers, milk hoppers, and honey hoppers.
Shan Crafts reduces waste by creating useful storage containers, vases, and home decor out of discarded glass bottles and paper. They raise awareness about upcycling and encourage people to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Fruitful makes all natural popsicles from organically grown fruits and vegetables and other local ingredients. Popular options include the Green Pop with mint, lime, and gotukola, Sweet Beet with beet, banana and pomegranate, and Banana Fudgesicles with cocoa powder, banana, natural vanilla extract, and kithul syrup. Fruitful donates 20% of profits to provide education and skill development training for students in Jaffna district.
Smoothie Moves aims to increase fruit and vegetable consumption and raise awareness about healthy living. They make fresh smoothies from natural and organic ingredients, which they source from other Good Market community members. Their vegan options are made with coconut milk, almond milk, or soy milk and local kithul palm syrup.
Greet More creates unique greeting cards that are handmade from paper waste, recycled materials, and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper. The inside of the card is blank to encourage people to reflect on their loved ones and craft a personalized message. Greet More donates 5% from each card to Apeksha Hospital in Maharagama. In the future, they hope to expand their services to provide livelihood opportunities to low income communities.
Bake a Wish Naturals focuses on baked goods made with natural, local, and sustainably sourced ingredients including fresh and dried fruit, buffalo curd, pure bee honey, kithul syrup, organic coconut sugar, virgin coconut oil, and coconut milk. Popular options include Narang Cake with Curd Frosting, Matcha Velvet Cake with Passion Fruit Curd Frosting, Vegan Narang and Coconut Cake, and Vegan Raw Passion Fruit and Mango Cheesecake.
Know an initiative that's good for people and good for the planet? Encourage them to get involved. The online application is available in English, Sinhala, and Tamil at https://www.goodmarket.global/vendor-application and is being translated into other languages by Good Market community members.