MIT News: IDEAS Grantee Soko
Soko, IDEAS grantee, was featured in the MIT News! Soko uses a mobile-based supply chain to give artisans in Kenya access to the fashion world.
“We started out choosing to work in this really challenging context where infrastructure is limited, yet the community is mobile-enabled,” says Soko co-founder Ella Peinovich MA ’12. “We chose to develop a solution that allows us to work with artisans in their own workshops on their own terms rather than as employees working from a central factory. We built what we call a ‘virtual factory’ developing a virtual resource planning (VRP) solution that reduced friction in the supply chain while cutting out the costly middlemen.”