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8 Key Steps To Zero-Based Design

Definition: starting from scratch to create innovative products and services tailored for the very poor, armed with a thorough understanding of what they really want and need and driven by what Polak Polak calls “the ruthless pursuit of affordability.” Eight Key Steps to Zero-Based Design –  Paul Polak There are eight keys to applying zero-based[…]

Customs Brokers & Duties For Humanitarian Supplies

Organizing humanitarian aid and coordinating transportation is a big job without worrying about customs and duties. However, it’s essential to understand what, when, and why customs brokers and duties are important and how they factor into the aid shipment process and pricing.  While most of TLM’s suppliers will handle the international shipping for you through[…]

3 Women’s Health & Wellness Supplies You Should Know About

Women in developing nations lack basic health care and face life-debilitating and life-threatening health issues. When it comes to providing health, it’s important to plan for all areas of wellness, including women’s reproductive health. Interest in women’s health issues began to increase in 2000 when the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDG)  aimed to eliminate[…]

Emergency Shelters: There’s No Place Like Home

With more than 60 million people displaced by internal conflict, post-disaster emergency shelters are in high demand. For those impacted by a disaster or crisis, many times there really is no place like home because there is no “home” anymore. While these shelters are a temporary solution, a good quality shelter can help life go on[…]

Under a Net on World Malaria Day

On World Malaria Day, we urge you to think about how the simple act of sleeping under a bed net can reduce the rate of malaria infection by 20%, according to UNICEF.  A mosquito bite is now the world’s third biggest killer of children. You read that right: a bug bite is one of the[…]

Celebrate Earth Day with 5 Products that Make the World a Better Place

Today marks the 47th annual Earth Day. We celebrate the ability of science and technology to help protect the planet and the people on it. Join us as we review some of our favorite environmentally-friendly humanitarian aid supplies that save lives and elevate the quality of life for people all over the world. Wonderbag: Lightweight,[…]

Solutions That Save Lives & Support Development

What better way to use the power of technology than to create solutions that save lives. Technology is on the front lines of changing the way humanitarian organizations approach the needs of the poor, conflict-affected and the vulnerable. Disaster relief, agriculture and education programs are arguably more successful today because of the advancements of technology. Innovative[…]

The Cookstove Fuel Type That’s Right For You

Products used for disaster relief are advancing rapidly. Trying to choose between one manufacturer’s product and another involves evaluating the whole technology as well as the context. If you’re considering a powered product, then understanding the technology needed to operate it is equally important as the context. This is particularly significant when it comes to cookstoves.[…]

Ready-to-Use-Food: Combating the Effects of Malnutrition

  Coverage of the famine in South Sudan and ongoing food shortages in Somalia, Nigeria, and Yemen is reaching world news platforms, and critical large-scale humanitarian resources have been engaged (thanks to the World Food Program). But there can never be “too much” awareness, and to that end, it’s time to raise public consciousness about potential[…]

World Water Day: Water Tablets, Filters, Bags and Buckets

There are hundreds of pivotal needs that humanitarian aid suppliers struggle to fill every day. At the top of the list is making sure our planet’s most vulnerable have clean drinking water. You may know that one in eight people worldwide does not have access to clean water. Or that 4,000 children (yes, 4,000) die[…]

Sea vs. Air: Your Quick Reference Guide to Shipping

One of the most complicated and frustrating aspects of managing humanitarian aid is coordinating shipping, especially for LCL shipping or smaller loads (officially referred to as “less container loads” or LCLs). With tight timelines, production delays, budget limitations, and everything else that can interfere with getting aid to its final destination, the last thing you[…]

Creative Female Innovators in Aid We Admire

On International Women’s Day, we’ve been reminiscing about the profound positive impact of creative female leaders all over the globe. Women at every stage of life and business continue to shape the world with their groundbreaking ideas, sense of humanity, and dogged determination to make the world a better place. In honor of all the great female[…]

How to Evaluate Solar-Powered Humanitarian Supplies

Energy is one aspect of our quality of life that doesn’t get enough attention. It’s something that so many of us are fortunate enough to have 100% of the time, which means we often take it for granted. During a disaster, and in rural parts of the world where a crisis is ongoing, energy isn’t[…]

Choosing the Right Cookstove

Selecting the right cookstove for your humanitarian project or disaster relief is never easy. There’s a fine line between choosing the right equipment for the environment (and all the challenges it provides) while also delivering a product that the recipients will actually use. When you choose cookstoves as part of an aid package, you need[…]

10 Humanitarian Engineering Schools You Should Know

Humanitarian programs at some of the top schools in the U.S. are gaining in popularity. We’ve compiled a list of our ten favorite colleges that offer humanitarian engineering programs. Students from each of these schools are tackling profound humanitarian challenges and completing projects that will have a lasting positive impact on millions of people worldwide.[…]

7 Things to Consider When Choosing a Freight Forwarder for Aid Supplies

If you’re new to the process (or more appropriately, the ordeal) of international shipping, then you may not yet understand how vital a freight forwarder can be to making sure your humanitarian supplies get where they’re going on time and intact. To aid your process, we identified some things you should consider when choosing a[…]

Humanitarian Aid Conferences Not to Miss in 2017

Whether you’re looking to network with other aid actors, learn about new technologies or approaches, or connect with old (‘been around a while) colleagues, these essential humanitarian aid conferences are surely something to mark on your calendar. Not sure where to spend your travel dollars? We’ve attended quite a few – but have also done[…]

Humanitarian supplies on your mobile device.

We understand the conditions aid & development professionals work in. We’re all on our mobile devices! At TLM, we aim to make it easy for field workers and volunteers to find humanitarian supplies and compare, save and quote – all on mobile devices. Thanks to all your feedback, we’ve updated our mobile experience on The[…]

Water & Sanitation Stock for Hurricane Matthew Relief

UNOCHA estimates Haiti needs $15 million in water & sanitation supplies to provide clean drinking water for Hurricane Matthew relief. The Level Market has scouted out readily available water & sanitation products so you don’t have to. We’ll show you ship-from-locations, available units and you’ll get the best prices for jerry cans, filtration units, testing[…]

The Level Market’s LightBulb Moment | A Video From Our Founder

In 2015, The Level Market began building a one-stop-shop for aid & development products that could meet humanity’s needs. The once difficult nature of researching, locating and purchasing life-saving products was made easy by The Level Market. “I was trying to compare a bunch of different units and I couldn’t find anything. I couldn’t find[…]

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