Kayli Levitan

Innovator

ABOUT Kayli

Originally from Durban, Kayli completed her BA in Linguistics, Media, Writing and Film from UCT, and studied Copywriting at the Red & Yellow School of Advertising. In 2012, straight out of ad school she landed her dream job at M&C Saatchi Abel Cape Town.

www.thestreetstore.org
hello@thestreetstore.org

AREAS WE WORK IN:

  • Homelessness

  • Volunteering

In an effort to help the homeless in their community, Kayli and her work partner Max Pazak founded The Street Store in January 2014 along with M&C Saatchi Abel. The store addresses the challenge of breaking through stereotypes as the 'haves' fear the homeless, and the 'have-nots' think the 'haves' are blind to their plight.

It is the world's first rent-free, premises-free, free 'pop-up clothing store' for the homeless; found entirely on the street and stocked by donations. Donors hang up and drop off their donations on the store's interactive posters and then the homeless enjoy a dignified shopping experience - many for the first time. Since homelessness is a global issue, The Street Store has gone open-source and is available to anyone. It has gone global and Street Stores are popping up around the world! As of June 2017, there have been 580 global Street Store events.