The ‘Mondmaskerfabriek’ would not have seen the light of day without brand activism agency Friends for Brands. They immediately gathered a group of communication professionals and created a website and other resources. We owe a big gratitude as well to Debora Timmerman and PR agency De Wolven who took care of the press. Stephan and Koen who found experts and suppliers within the Phillips network who provided us with great knowledge. And lastly Ling Stelwagen, Jaap’s wife, who got the factories to sell their machines to us.
The investment is in
Qredits let us know today that they’re going to support our project with a loan of €250,000. Unbelievable, they themselves said that they’ve never pledged such a large amount in three days. I feel like sending a message to our queen. In November 2017, queen Maxima visited the Refugee Company through the ‘Oranjefonds’. The visit was well prepared, but there were some un-directed moments when she asked me, “What do you need, how can I help you with my network?”…Read the whole message
Maybe we should change our name to ‘masked cowboys’ because sometimes it feels like the wild west. Today we received an offer through our textile workshop manager Ellen, for a machine that’s already at customs at a Chinese airport. We’re so deep into this, that we’re beginning to understand secretary van Rijn: ‘Bonanza.’ In this short period (2 weeks as of today) we’ve been in contact with merchants and buyers, who have informed us of the price these protective goods…Read the whole message