By Rulan Zheng
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
TwinkleOn is an app for people to support local retailers who are in poverty. In major cities such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, the streets are filled with many poor small retailers, petty dealers and unemployed artists. They wait on the streets, struggling to sell their homemade products, some of them are older adults, single moms and even the disadvantaged people, but unfortunately they barely have any customers. It is not because their prices are higher, their products’ qualities are worse or we are not kind-hearted, the most likely reason is that we may forget or ignore them. TwinkleOn is an app that can help poor local retailers to sell more products and give people opportunities to contribute to charity.
How it Works: TwinkleOn will locate where the users are, and then provide information of the sellers nearby. Users can see what the retailers are selling, and choose what they need to buy. All the retailers’ products have been listed and sorted into different categories, so users can easily search specific item. Users can also see descriptions of the sellers’ family circumstances, which will be complied into a database. If the location is too far, the customers can directly contact the sellers, and get the items delivered with extra payment. After the transaction is complete, customers and sellers can take a photo together, and the app will add a special mark on the photo. After posting the photo online, more people can know TwinkleOn and contribute more to the poverty.