How are we different from other online platforms?
Meet Your Makers is the only online peer-to-peer platform for micro production in the U.S. that helps producers launch their own micro business that can operate successfully independent of the platform.
Similar platforms fail to create equitable partnerships between itself and its workers, with a glaring geographic and demographic mismatch between leadership and workers. Our closest competitors rely on international small batch manufacturers that foster sweatshop cultures, and do nothing to empower U.S. workers or strengthen the U.S. economy. Many hide the exploitation of black & brown people behind an ethics driven mission. Limited access or no access to gainful employment, particularly in rural and low-income areas, enforce dependency on traditional brick & mortar manufacturers. This makes impossible for exploited groups to earn income with their skills, independent of the manufacturer and on their own terms. Meet Your Makers is the only online peer-to-peer platform for micro production in the U.S. that helps producers launch their own micro business that can operate successfully independent of the platform. We are shifting power away from manufacturers back to producers.
There’s one more thing we have to begin to examine more closely and scrutinize, founders with no direct lived experiences to the population served or service provided. Meet Your Makers is founded by an entrepreneur and creative with 10+ years in fashion design, apparel production, and e-commerce management. In addition to experience, the founder has earned several nationally and internally recognized awards for achievements in social innovation, and diversity & inclusion. This isn’t a money or attention grab for us, we solved out own problem and decided to share it with you and the world.
Question the motives of the founder, CEO, and team. It’s not ethical if it’s exploitative.