Crowdfund week 2: we're 86% of the way there!
This week there's lots to celebrate with our communities, partners and milestones we've achieved together.
Together we've raised 86% of our target in the first two weeks!
Last week we launched our £50k matchfund in partnership with a social investment institution. This doubled the impact of the investment made by our newest Library of Things co-owners, helping us to reach £257,000 in the first two weeks! A huge thank you to everyone for their support so far.
Watch a live Q&A with our co-founders to find out more
Still thinking about becoming a Library of Things co-owner to help us bring borrowing to more communities? Earlier this week, our crowdfund partners Ethex hosted a live Q&A with Library of Things co-founders Bex, Emma and Sophia and another social enterpise who are also crowdfunding - Stroud Micro Dairy.
Read: Getting London borrowing - why we're celebrating!
Two years ago, we set out to replicate Library of Things from 1 location in Crystal Palace to 7 across London – and last Friday, we officially launched in neighbourhood #7! And on Tuesday we launched #8!
Here are some of the things we’ve done together to get to that point:
- developed a partnership model to work with community spaces, grassroots networks, councils & product manufacturers
- 5000 people borrowing, starting to create a mindset shift in how we all use & share resources
- creating new role models for women entrepreneurs & mission-led companies, with our award-winning team
Meet the partners who are getting their neighbourhoods borrowing!
We work in partnership with communities, local authorities and high street spaces to bring borrowing to a neighbourhood.
Clare, our community partner from Greener & Cleaner Bromley
She told us why she wanted to start Bromley Library of Things. “We started life as a Facebook group in 2019 to help ordinary people create a more sustainable Bromley. Library of Things is a practical example of exactly that – you can pop to your high street and borrow an item, rather than ordering stuff from Amazon that breaks 6 months later. Bromley Library of Things is a great addition to our Community Hub, where we will be hosting events, workshops, and repair cafes to help people reuse, repurpose, repair and borrow before buying."