To begin this blog, we would like to say that we will break our usual tone a bit to tell you about ITOPUA’s social impact vision and how much fun we had at our first Pop-Up store in Munich the first two weeks of November 2016. We’ll also be giving a shout-out to the lovely people at Startupstore N’ Stories who are the people that organised the pop-up store. Then we will also cover some developments and tell you about an exciting way you can support us to realise our mission. We were selected to take part in the first ever startup pop-up store in Germany Startupstore N’ Stories . Thank you @Kreativmuenchen for this great opportunity. So now we’ve said thank you, we’ve got some exciting news about our crowdfunding launch. ITOPUA ( e-too poh-ahh) means growth in the Nigerian language of igbo, and when we named ourselves we did so purposefully. ITOPUA isn’t just a website – we’re on a mission to make growth happen. We want to connect talented designers from the African continent with you, our customers, all over the world. By doing this, we allow you to get unique products you wouldn’t be able to get otherwise and provide a platform for designers to grow their business by accessing new markets. It’s a simple idea, but it makes a big difference to designers and communities which couldn’t otherwise sell their products so easily. By supporting us you not only get these unique rewards and discounts, available only to our supporters, but you’ll be helping us to reach-out to even more talented African independent designers, craftsmen and artists. You will also support them to scale their businesses which in-turn support their local communities by creating jobs. Our quote of the week is this Swahilian proverb, “ Where there are many, nothing goes wrong”. Our dear supporters, join us in the journey of discovering design products made in Africa. Help us to bring the creations of independent designers, craftsmen and artists around the African continent to Germany, Europe and the world! We openly welcome your feedback and ideas as you are now part of our team and our community. Ifeoma and the team.