Connecting Buyers and Suppliers of Aid Supplies, with Stephanie Cox, The Level Market

The Level Market is the premier marketplace for aid and relief supplies.

Stephanie Cox, The Level Market

Stephanie Cox, The Level Market

Stephanie Cox grew up looking at National Geographic with her grandfather. “I knew I wanted to travel the world when I was 6, 7, 8 years old,” she explains. After graduating from college, she traveled the world as a freelance journalist. In 2004, she had a near death experience during the Boxing Day Tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people. She worked in Nepal and in Eastern Europe during times of conflict. But, she found it difficult to make a living. Her family encouraged her to return to the United States to find her way forward.

Stephanie moved to Colorado to attend graduate school. While there, she pitched an idea to iDE, a global organization that creates market-based solutions in agriculture, water, and sanitation. Stephanie offered to travel to Tanzania to document the impact of iDE’s efforts. Using her skills as a journalist, Stephanie says “I spent three months in the back of a pickup truck.” Her efforts paid off. She landed a full-time role with iDE, where she remained for 13 years.

In 2014, ten years after the Boxing Day tsunami, Stephanie received a call from a colleague in Sierra Leone. He shared how difficult it was to find aid and relief supplies. Stephanie offered to help. Although she had many connections in the aid and relief space, she also struggled to find supplies. She compared her experience with finding relief supplies with her experience shopping on Amazon or Alibaba. She knew that there had to be a better way. Stephanie thought, “If no one’s going to do it, a single mom in her PJs will do it.” That was the genesis of The Level Market.

The Level Market connect buyers and suppliers of products such as solar lights, shelter, and cooking stoves around the world. The Level Market’s site allows government agencies, relief agencies, and nonprofits groups to purchase goods for those on the front lines. According to Stephanie, “They can come to our site and find quality, top notch aid supplies.”

Social Entrepreneurship Quotes from Stephanie Cox

[spp-tweet tweet=”“Today, we’re in the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.” Stephanie Cox, @TheLevelMarket”]

[spp-tweet tweet=”“We were looking at the problem of discovery and distribution.” Stephanie Cox, @TheLevelMarket”]

“There was never a hub to connect buyers and suppliers of these products.”

[spp-tweet tweet=”“It was a fragmented and broken industry.” Stephanie Cox, @TheLevelMarket”]

“We were very specific as to who could sell their products on our marketplace.”

“I wanted to be the first female president.”

[spp-tweet tweet=”“I knew I wanted to travel the world when I was 6, 7, 8 years old.” Stephanie Cox, @TheLevelMarket”]

[spp-tweet tweet=”“I was always interested in words, ideas, and communication.” Stephanie Cox, @TheLevelMarket”]

“I was in Eastern Europe during the time when it was very unstable.”

“I grew up in a family where my mom was a Democrat, and my dad was a Republican.”

[spp-tweet tweet=”“I spent three months in the back of a pickup truck.” Stephanie Cox, @TheLevelMarket”]

[spp-tweet tweet=”“They can come to our site and find good quality, top notch aid supplies.” Stephanie Cox, @TheLevelMarket”]

[spp-tweet tweet=”“I got to understand the pain of entrepreneurship.” Stephanie Cox, @TheLevelMarket”]

[spp-tweet tweet=”“If no one’s going to do it, a single mom in her PJs will do it.” Stephanie Cox, @TheLevelMarket”]

[spp-tweet tweet=”“Get your heels firmly in the mud.” Stephanie Cox, @TheLevelMarket”]

“If you do donate, find out specifically what it is that they need.”

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Tony Loyd is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, and coach. He facilitates the growth of purpose-driven changemakers so that they can thrive and increase their impact. Tony has been personally trained in the science of climate change by former Vice President Al Gore, Chairman of the Climate Reality Project. The Climate Reality Project is a grassroots network of more than 20,000 trained leaders who live and work all over the world. Tony is the Executive Producer of the podcast Social Entrepreneur where he shares positive stories from underrepresented voices, focused on solutions. Social Entrepreneur is downloaded more than half a million times in over 180 countries. He is a TEDx speaker and the best-selling author of Crazy Good Advice: 10 Lessons Learned from 150 Leading Social Entrepreneurs. He is a former Fortune 500 executive with companies such as John Deere, Medtronic, and Buffalo Wild Wings. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, talent management, and leadership development.

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