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$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

SAMPLER is created to form a centralized sytem that networks every one who wants to be part of the textile retail trade in the southeastern region of Nigeria.It is an ICT network that creates borderless communication between the government-importers-retailers-consumers.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

what if you can influence the state of the textile trade by using your fingers digitally?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Sampler is created to bridge the distant gap between the government,importers,retailers,and consumers.It is built to solve the problems of textile sourcing constrained by distance,quality checks,retailer networks,import networks,importer tariff exploitation

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Sampler is decentralized into portals that consist of government,importer,retailer and consumer(brands,individuals) port.the retailer port has units-retail groups according to fabric types,retail points/location/fabric type/texture/scale of demand and supply/color/local trade names/trade details/specifications/distribution-delivery chains Consumer port-customer details/quantity/quality checks/direct messaging/market updates/customer feedbacks importer port-import groups/importer-retailer unique hub/tariff updates/government hubs-legal unit/law enforcement/retail market reports/taxing system/retailer health hub to monitor respiratory health checks/textile education/RETAILER RIGHTS


Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

By using/adopting sampler,the constraint of distance is evaded over the trade space.The consumer can directly influence the textile trade market through monitored purchasing power as information is properly disseminated over the trade space.Retailers can directly communicate with importers anywhere without the difficulty of sourcing textiles from any part of the world.Retailers can evade tariff exploitation by importers as information is regularly updated directly from government bodies as well as there is monitoring/enforcement of textile trade laws.Distribution/delivery can be simultaneously monitored by the retailer/consumer.Buying/selling is influenced through a coordinated system.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Process is still in the building stage.Sampler would globalise the Nigerian textile trade market.Spread of Ict as a tool for a technologically driven and efficient trading system.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Government participation,brand interests,retail chains and import chains.create employment over the digital space with monitor points,distribution points

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

brands,importers and retailers would be taxed on the access to the hub over a monthly basis.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

there are currently no bodies/individuals focused on networking the textile retail market inthe southeastern region of nigeria where textile import/retail is huge.

Founding Story

After four years of intensive self study and training as a fashion artist,Ekwerike chukwuma founded the WUMAN brand with a sub unit-Virtual textiles to create a change in the ways the textile and fashion industry are related.It is supposed to evoke a difference in the way textiles and garments are perceived.My difficulty with textile sourcing over a disordered textile market inspired me to embark on this project5.


Ekwerike Chukwuma-Creative director(WUMAN BRAND) Joe Pagatanga(fashion brand),portharcourt,Nigeria ZINE FASHION HOUSE,PORTHARCOURT,NIGERIA
Value Chain: Where does your work fit into the apparel value chain? [check all that apply]

Manufacturing, Consumption.

Your Role: What is your relationship to the apparel industry? [check all that apply]

Consumer, Designer.

Target Population: What stakeholder groups do you engage or empower in your work? [check all that apply]

Brands, Consumers, Corporations, Designers, Retailers - Specialty Store, Retailers - Mass-merchandise Chain, Sourcing Manager / Supply Chain Manager, Trading Companies.

● Intervention Focus: What are you trying to achieve / influence? [check all that apply]

Access to Essential Services (i.e. Healthcare and Education), Access to Social Protection Services (i.e. Insurance, Pension, etc.), Accountability, Labor Rights (i.e. Collective Bargaining, etc.).

Lever for Change: Select up to 3 ways your work is helping to transform the industry.

Capacity Building, Enforcement, Media, Standards, Technology.

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers?

A Job is Not Enough: Low-Income Workers Cannot Secure Long-Term Well-Being, Consumers Aren't Motivated to Care: Neither Compelling Reasons Nor Easy Means to Change Consumption Habits.

Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below?

Unite More than Voice: Tap into Community Capital and Collective Resources, Activate Local Know-how for Driving Solutions: Build Opportunities for Workers to Become Leaders, Transform the Chain into a Web: Link Unlikely Sectors that Open New Pathways to Sustainability.

Innovation Inspiration: When you first conceived of your project, did you think of it as applicable to the apparel industry?


If you answered "no" to the previous question, which industry was your project originally aimed at transforming?

● Replicating in the Apparel Industry: If your project didn't initially target the apparel industry, how are you specifically tailoring it to do so now?
Are you nurturing or inspiring others to be changemakers? If so, how?

By encouraging others to foster change through borderless networking and communication using ICT as a tool

● Tell us about the partnerships that enhance your approach. How have you collaborated with others in the industry to increase your impact?

i intend to collaborate with fashion brands,retail stores to bring more awareness