There are 1 billion in the world living below the poverty line. They didn’t choose to be born into their circumstances; and they are trying hard to make a living with the work of their hands.
There are hundreds of thousands of missionaries and volunteers who have dedicated their lives to help these people. Many of them run a small, part-time business to pay for their basic needs, and focus primarily on serving others.
Sustainable income from these economic activities empowers them to lead normal lives with dignity, to break out of poverty, to provide for themselves and their families without depending on handouts.
ACTSmarket was set up as a virtual marketplace to help these under-privileged artisans, and the missionaries who live and work amongst them, gain that freedom and find that dignity. By leveraging the power of the Internet, we hope to expand their potential market. And by showcasing their humble work, we hope to offer the rest of the world a chance to support them through a simple act of kindness – an act of shopping.
In order to ensure sufficient coverage of these producers, ACTSmarket will work with and through the NGOs and social enterprises representing them, offering a self-service platform with marketing and technical support, as well as quality assurance in customer services, payments and product deliveries.
Our founding partners are the Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise (raiSE) which was set up to raise awareness on social entrepreneurship and encourage the growth of social enterprises as a sustainable way to address social needs and the National Council for Social Service (NCSS) which is an advocate for under-served and emerging social needs.
ACTSmarket deducts a commission of 12% of the purchase price to cover the costs of administration, inventory management and fulfillment. Everything else goes to the seller.
Every year, 10% of any profit we make will be donated to orphan and widow ministries, and other social causes. The rest will go towards funding the expansion of our business activities.
The ACTSmarket team is based in Singapore, where we stock inventory, and can take full advantage of the nation’s reliable logistics infrastructure to ensure your purchases get delivered to you.
Buyers & Sellers
We have sellers from Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Timbuktoo. The products they offer include clothing, jewelry and other accessories, home furnishings, toys and food items.
And where do our buyers come from? Well, that depends on you. All you need is an Internet connection, access to an online payment mechanism, and an open heart.
Join our community
We invite you to join the ACTS community.
If you are a seller, make use of the virtual marketplace we are working to build, as a platform to showcase your wares. And if you’re not a seller, well then you can be a buyer. Won’t you stand with us by extending a hand to support these artisans and volunteer workers through a simple act of kindness – the act of shopping?