Welcome to the Good Human Series, a space where we celebrate the good in humanity by sharing the stories of impact focused individuals making a positive change in the world through their work.
This Sunday, October 17th, marks International Day for The Eradication of Poverty. So, today on the Good Humans Series we’re talking to a woman who has dedicated her career to supporting communities out of poverty, and creating products that help everyday people like you and I to do the same - Justine Flynn, co-founder of Australian social enterprise Thankyou.
Justine’s story is the definition of motivating and inspiring. Since the age of 14, Justine encountered poverty first hand spending time in remote villages in Indonesia and was determined that whatever she did when she grew up, she wanted to be able to use the opportunities and skills she had to help lift others out of poverty. As a first year university student, along with her then boyfriend, now husband Daniel Flynn, and Jarryd Burns, a school friend of Daniels, they came together to dream up a new way of doing business that existed for the sole purpose to help those who really needed it the most.
From there, Thankyou Water was born, a bottled water organisation with 100% of profits going to nonprofits working to eliminate extreme poverty. With the support of thousands of Australians backing their mission, Thankyou Water grew rapidly and was soon stocked in 7-eleven, Woolworths and Coles,
13 years on, Thankyou Water has since been rebranded to Thankyou and now offers over 50 different consumer products within the personal care and baby care categories for the very sole purpose of helping to end extreme poverty.