Our Partner Businesses are proof the JoyCorps model works.
DESIGNER HANDBAGS | Rajpur, India
When it started in 2010, this textile business produced an average of 30 units a month. It was struggling to support a broken community in a village in northern India and was plagued by numerous obstacles, including corruption and infrastructure deficiencies. In 2013, JoyCorps partnered with the business owner. Today, the business produces 2,000 to 3,000 units monthly and more than 30,000 units annually. Its products are sold in more than 350 boutiques in the U.S. and in 8 countries worldwide. The business broke even in its third year and has had break-even or profitable years ever since, hitting close to $1 million in revenue in 2017. JOYN is transforming the lives of 200+ people through dignified work and holistic development programs. Since 2015, JOYN has been 100% locally led.
LEATHER EXPORTER | New Delhi, India
This export business was founded in New Delhi in 2004 by an Indian woman who was committed to hiring marginalized people out of an urban slum. However, she had limited markets, capital, and job training for her employees. The business was dependent on charity funding and struggling to survive. In 2015 JoyCorps began to help her grow her business and care for her employees. Today, this business is producing high-end leather bags sold in Western markets and has grown 7x. The employees have access to vocational training, subsidized housing, and on-site childcare.
guitar manufacturer | Dehradun, India
Dehradun Guitars was was founded in north India by an entrepreneur dedicated to providing jobs for young men who had come out of a local drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. Today this business is co-owned by two local Indian entrepreneurs and supports nearly two-dozen employees, most of whom overcame addiction to become highly skilled luthiers. Their work has been recognized worldwide, and the company is scaling to grow 2x in the coming year.
textile manufacturing | Dehradun, India
J&M is quickly becoming one of the leading manufacturers of India's traditional, ancient art forms in textile development. With 5+ years of operating in a small, rural town in northern India, J&M has fully revived the art form of block printing in this region. You'll find Tibetans, Nepalis, and Indians all enjoying a family-like atmosphere as they link arms to build a competitive, innovative textile manufacturing business that thrives on lean principles and sound values.
spice seller | rajastan, India
One of the dearest men in all of India moved back to his hometown village in Rajastan to partner with his wife, Mumta, in creating a beautiful, fresh and innovative specialty spice business. Small merchants have a hard time competing against the giants of the industry. Large companies with high volume and plenty of resources set the pace of the market and have far greater purchasing power, leaving farmers with little to no options on pricing, growing methods or distribution. However, the big guys can't compete on freshness, quality and personal touch. Surrendhra Spice specializes in bringing local, farm-grown milled grains and spices to its community, with hopes to outpace the growth of the large corporate giants that have negatively affected the region's farming community. Surrendhra and Mamta have started small, using a loan from JoyCorps, but they have dreams, experience and talents to scale, grow, franchise and serve dozens of communities. With JoyCorps' help, they are developing a plan for community transformation and holistic job creation, producing fresh and organic grains and spices that create wonder and memories in homes around the world.
body-care products | ecuador
In 2015, Linda Birr met a terminally ill woman named Bonnie who was eager to pass along her special recipes for products that she’d been perfecting for years. Bonnie had designed her products to help people sleep, heal skin, and take muscle pain away, all by using 100% organic herbs and oils. After an hour, Bonnie sold Linda her small business for $1, and Linda found joy in learning the recipes, working with organics, and helping people as Bonnie had done. As the business took off, Linda wanted to do more. Linda lived overseas in Ecaudor for most of her life and knew firsthand the need for good jobs in Ecuador’s farming region, which was being taken over for the illicit production of drugs. Bonnie’s Botanicals has a mission to reverse this trend by partnering with farmers in Ecuador and giving them a chance to grow healthy products for a vibrant U.S. market. And because Bonnie’s Botanicals controls its products “from seed to store,” the business is committed to full accountability, sustainability, and authenticity.