Name: Rechelle Coombes
Age: 29 (Born: June 1987)
Known for: Socielle – https://socielle.co
Rechelle Coombes, 29, founded Socielle in 2016 with the intention of creating a central place for retail consumers to purchase socially conscious goods.
Socielle sources artisans from around the globe who provide handmade, ethical, ecofriendly, and/or socially responsible items to help the consumer shop consciously.
What makes Socielle even more unique? Every purchase gives the customer an option to choose where they’d like to allocate 10% of that sale to; to support poverty, homelessness, female refugees, children with disabilities, animal rights and more – all with the click of a button.
Coombes is known for having a stylish range of social enterprise items that show customers they don’t have to give up anything in order to buy consciously, along with creating a way for charities to raise funds through donations in order to save time and admin fees. Socielle has impacted over 1000 lives in 2016, and Coombes hopes to impact 1 million by 2020.
“By working for a cause it has given me perspective and the capability to be grateful for everything in business.”
After 12 years in corporate marketing roles Coombes realised that even though she was making money, she was never truly happy. So, when she decided to create Socielle she was motivated by the desire to change the world.
“I believe in this so much that my business cards literally read ‘let’s change the world together’ because I will never do it alone but every person I meet is another opportunity to make that change a reality.”
Coombes measures her numbers based on the impact Socielle has had: four fundraising partners, well over 1000 lives impacted by sales, half a years worth of education to girls in need, hundreds of employment opportunities created, and a reduced carbon footprint by using carrier manager Sendle.
Due to the success of Socielle, Coombes was able to launch an education series that helped educate other businesses and consumers about the world of social enterprise. She also created a social enterprise market that works with corporate businesses to provide socially conscious purchases for their employees.
Anthill asked Coombes, what is your super-power?
“Resilience. I’ve beaten down, worked several jobs to fund my ideas, dealt with depression, yet business seems to have been the one thing that keeps me happy and on track.”
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