Goods Co-Share Co. Ltd is a non-profit social enterprise focusing on poverty alleviation through providing quality, affordable household necessities to less-advantaged families through direct group purchase and sharing, thus enhancing social capital and advocacy for an affordable market.
Growing up in a grass-roots family, Matthew understands grassroots’ concerns over the rising price of commodities. Over the past 15 years of working with grass-roots families as a social worker, Matthew has witnessed the decreasing affordability of basic commodities “chai, mi, you, yan, jiang, cu, cha” (firewood, rice, oil, salt, sauce, vinegarand tea, in Mandarin), as small grocery stalls were slowly replaced by chain supermarkets. By sourcing directly from suppliers, Goods Co-Share is able to provide affordable daily necessities to less-privileged families. Matthew’s mission does not stop here: through providing the consumer with alternative ways of sourcing necessities, Matthew envisioned enhancing their social capital and developing an affordable market.
His project seeks to benefit 2,000 families (8,000 beneficiaries, especially women, the elderly and new arrivals) who are living below the poverty line. All of the target families are from deprived areas, for example Sham Shui Po and Kwai Chung. Since mid-2018, 3 Vending Machines have been installed in the underprivileged areas.
*To know more about Goods Co-Share Co. Ltd, please see Matthew’s Interview on SIE