NEW YORK, March 11, 2016 – Todd & Marlon LLC luxury watch brand inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit and Spark MicroGrants non-profit organization focused on enabling community-driven entrepreneurial projects, today proudly announce a collaboration aimed at helping entrepreneurs where they need the most.
Spark MicroGrants has worked for five years to put families facing poverty at the forefront of their own change. Spark has reached over 134 villages across four countries with preliminary results that show the Spark model is not only highly cost effective but leads to long term locally-led change. Spark provides six months of capacity building paired with a seed grant to villages facing poverty so they can launch a social impact project of their choice, such as a farm to improve nutrition or a school where their children can learn. This model has proven to be more than twice as cost effective as big aid with twice the results. For example, for every one local project Spark seed funds, a community launches one independently with the skills learned from Spark.
Todd & Marlon will contribute to the development of the rural communities and activate a series of community-driven entrepreneurial projects via donating to Spark MicroGrants a percentage of the profit generated by the sales of the first collection of luxury watches named #YOURTIME.
“Entrepreneur is not a title but a mindset. It requires a good dose of madness for an incredibly rewarding life” said Vincenzo Carrara, CEO of Todd & Marlon LLC. "Entrepreneurs are amazing people and the most successful ones are master of time management. With #YOURTIME watches we wanted to celebrate their work and achievements. #YOURTIME is also a call to action for all the people with an Entrepreneurial Spirit. We want them to take the first step in the long and often difficult journey to success and we want to accompany them with #YOURTIME watches and much more…” and this is where Spark MicroGrants comes into play. “Spark MicroGrant is the perfect partner to bring to life Todd & Marlon mission and will help us help entrepreneurs where they need the most”.
It is our time and #YOURTIME to enable rural communities to become the drivers of their own future.
About Todd & Marlon
Todd & Marlon is a luxury watch brand established in New York in 2015. The company ultimate mission is to accompany people with an Entrepreneurial Spirit in their daily journey so to make it easier and more enjoyable. The first collection of luxury watches has been inspired by the entrepreneurs and includes 24-hour watches designed by Italians and crafted by Swiss people. The collection, named #YOURTIME, will be available to the public in spring / summer 2016. For more information visit www.toddandmarlon.com
Spark seeks to build a world where everyone lives with dignity and determines their own positive future. To do this, Spark catalyzes rural communities facing poverty into action. Since Spark’s founding in 2010, Spark has developed and refined a facilitated collective action process that has proven highly effective at launching community-driven development projects as well as increasing civic engagement and social cohesion in rural communities facing poverty. Spark promotes a ‘community-driven, expert supported’ model for development, where local communities are the primary drivers of social change, but have the support and advice of local technical advisors.