On April 8, residents in the Saint-Paul neighborhood in Paris discovered the first "Lulu dans ma rue" kiosk. What is it exactly? An innovative and inclusive neighborhood concierge service! The nonprofit behind this alternative employment model puts their "Lulus" - i.e. people looking for work opportunities - in contact with residents looking for a service. Taking shopping up to a 5th-floor apartment not served by an elevator, putting up curtains, ironing or an evening's baby-sitting: the services, at a fee starting at €5 for 20 minutes, are as varied as the skills of the Lulus. The system is simple: the Lulus are self-employed entrepreneurs who invoice the services provided to the nonprofit, which manages the customers, offers mentoring for the Lulus and organizes contact between the two parties.
The first results a month after the opening:
In one month, "Lulu dans ma rue" registered 311 orders and carried out 225 service assignments. The dossiers of 17 "Lulus" have been completed (referencing, declarations, etc.) and 15 more are being finalized. The kiosk received more than 3,600 visits - 10,000 for the website. From physical concierge kiosk to web platform - social innovation comes in many forms!
For details, please visit the website of the Veolia Foundation. For your interest, here are the website and Facebook page of "Lulu dans ma rue".