What happens when you combine an afternoon of sushi with a back-of-the-napkin brainstorm session? A multicultural board book series…to be exact!
2Lokas – the venture behind the Little Loka Series (™) – is a children’s book venture aimed at providing young children with an engaging and exciting multicultural learning experience through print and digital books – all authored and illustrated by our team! After having our own children, we quickly realized that, although there’s a plethora of wonderful books out there focused on cultural topics for older children, there appeared (and still appears) to be a notable gap for the 0-4 age group. From there, the idea of 2Lokas and eventually The Little Loka™ Series was born!
Our approach to The Little Loka™ Series and our store is simple. We’ve opted to start with a board book primarily because of the age group we chose to focus on. But don’t be fooled, this is no ordinary board book. It’s an experience that has been surprisingly compelling to children older than the little ones we were creating for. We believe strongly in the power and beauty of an open heart and mind at all ages. That’s why in addition to creating culturally diverse content in books to bring worlds together, we’ve created a page dedicated solely to the topics covered in each book. Our aim is to facilitate and encourage the exploration and learning process as much as possible.
And, finally, because we care about social change and supporting it in these beautiful yet complex worlds of ours, 2Lokas also tries to give back. What exactly does that mean? Well, in our original launch phase in the spirit of actually giving back vs. pretending, we decided to provide a pre-determined portion of the proceeds to young social entrepreneurs based in Mumbai who are pursuing their own innovative projects and dreams. We were able to give them each $600 USD. Through the real-life school of business, over time, we learned that this type of model is not financially sustainable for a small shop like ours, which is why we have reverted to contributing 10% from our sales.
For more information on the Co-Founders and authors, please click here.
Malini + Kyra