My husband came home recently raving about a new company that he heard about from one of its founders, Danny Collins, architect by profession, hiker by hobby. Naturally I did some digging and connected with Danny to get the scoop on Project Latitude. Anything with a philanthropic silver lining and I’m game. Both founders are currently architects residing in NYC who have dedicated their vacations to building houses for people in need across the globe. During their last volunteer trip they began to wonder if there was a way to make their volunteer trips more affordable and have a longer and lasting impact in the communities they are helping. The answer? Yes. As volunteer costs increase, they have been subsidizing the costs of volunteering by selling locally inspired products, made by the community their sales support.
For their first project, entitled Project 00, the team is building an entrepreneur workshop in the community of La Isla in Quito, Ecuador, funded by the sales of a handmade roll-top backpack that was inspired by the textiles of the highlands in Ecuador. This project was funded 100% within the first 36 hours on Kickstarter, so the duo already has a secondary stretch goal for the remainder of the campaign.
If you’re into hiking, traveling and philanthropy then you’ll be into this product and the idea behind it. Awesome job, team Project Latitude!