Podcast with Tasha Freidus – NeedsList co-founder

Tasha has created an online marketplace that brings together humanitarian organisations who list what they want in real time and donors who want to help by buying a thing is needed. NeedsList has only been going for about a year and already met over 30,000 needs in 10 countries.

Displaced people have urgent needs and those can change quickly. A new wave of people may suddenly arrive without suitable clothing. Other agencies can suddenly stop or start providing essentials. Small organisations often don’t have the resources to satisfy needs immediately and so can rely on donations of physical items things, like clothes and shoes. But the time for those to get to where they needed can take too long and they can often be left dealing with things that aren’t needed.

This is where NeedsList can step in but creating an online platform brings huge challenges which Tasha and her team are dealing with and which we talk through. And she is also working on new innovations like a Chatbot to deal with enquiries and ways to make it easier for businesses to get involved.

Not only can the platform satisfy physical needs, it can accept monetary donations. NeedsList and its supporters has been a huge help to Refugee Support Europe including a current need that has quickly raised over $3,500 for our work in Bangladesh.

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