The Business

This is Life Out of the Box video in Monte Alban, Oaxaca, Mexico

What’s up guys, we’re Quinn & Jonathon. In 2012 we left everything in California to create the social venture Life Out of the Box (LOOTB) in developing countries.

Here’s how it works: 

1. You purchase a handmade LOOTB bracelet by our artisans in either Nicaragua, Guatemala or Morocco from our online store Each bracelet is one-of-a-kind because it has a unique number stamped on the LOOTB leather tag. 

2. This bracelet gives a child in need school supplies. 

3. You actually get to see & learn about the child that you gave school supplies to through your purchase by either looking up your number on our LOOTB Gives site or through the personal email we send you after you make your order. 

4. The more bracelets you buy, the more children you give school supplies to. 

We are both very connected to education and believe that it’s the best place to start in helping developing countries. It’s the root of where change can start–where kids can learn and develop their own skills to improve their country’s economy, help their families and go on to teach the next generation. Our goal is to give kids the tools they need to educate themselves, live their own Life Out of the Box and pursue their biggest dreams. So far we’ve given to thousands of children throughout Central America & Northern Africa.

As we travel around the world to various countries looking for new handmade products to develop with local artisans, we continue to work with various non-profit organizations to find out how we can further make the biggest difference in each community we work in. To learn more about the awesome organizations we’ve worked with, check out “Giving Partners” in the main menu above. Overall, our journey has been quite the exciting adventure and we hope that you follow along with us in our pursuit of living Life Out of the Box. Below is a video of us creating Life Out of the Box in Central America:

Life Out of the Box has two main goals:

1. To inspire people to live their ideal life, go global and make their dreams come true by living Life Out of the Box

2. To give others in developing countries the same opportunity to live a better life by giving an educational product back to them for every product sold

Life Out of the Box presents at university rotaract clubs. LOOTB.

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196 responses to “The Business

  1. I respect what you are doing, and I myself have always wanted to do something similar. Never been the right time. Or is there even such a thing? Anyways, keep up the good work and keep living!

  2. What do you guys think about kiva? I have been doing micro-loans in Nicaragua and other countries in central america for a while. It seems to be a good thing (TM). Have you seen its influence on the ground at all?

    • We love Kiva. We think it is truly wonderful. We looked into different ways of integrating it into our business model. We have made a few friends who work for the micro loan companies and they told us it is a wonderful program. They said the important thing is making sure the borrower gets the proper education on how to pay it back. We are glad you support Kiva. It is a great thing (TM) :-).

  3. amazing! i was born in Nicaragua but raised in San Francisco, California. I never visited especially since my mom past away. Of all the counrties why Niccaragua. I’ve been told its a beutiful place. I am hoping to buy a bracelet. Once again amazing!

  4. This is a great idea, a great business model, and just a generally great thing that you are doing. I’m in awe. It restores my faith in humanity when I see people working to give back, rather than just for themselves. Thanks for liking our blog post, so I could come and see what you are up to!

  5. I have followed you. And what an incredible home you have. You are so right we are all living in a global world now and the more exposure we have to it the more our own individual lives are put into perspective.

    A great aim. I come from an educational background too and I can’t think of a better way of bringing about positive change than by working with the children.

    Lots of luck and all good wishes

  6. Thanks for looking at my blog. I love your story – it’s so inspiring! 🙂 It sounds similar to what I’m trying to do eventually. I’m excited to follow you and see all of your progress.

  7. Incredibly inspiring story! The leap you two have take to help others and to truly embrace life is great. Thanks so much for liking my post. I would love to support LOOTB. Shanti, Kristen

  8. I love this, A philosophy that speaks to me personally. I’m involved with animal charities in developing countries. We educate to help improve the lives of animals but also the people who work with them. Some once said “be the change you want to see” this is something I live by, and you guys as well. Will continue to follow all your work and stories.

  9. This made my day finding this blog ❤ i love what you are doing, very inspiring to many people!

  10. My mom is studying poultry science right now and she came across a program to help the poor with poultry. Basically by teaching people who are barely able to survive how to take care of chicken they are able to improve their lives drastically. The chickens produce eggs which reduces their need for food which in turn frees some of their time from simply surviving. It can allow people to start to get a head rather than just trying to keep up. Sometimes it only takes little things to turn a life around and make a real difference.

  11. I love what your guys are doing in Nicaragua. What an incredible story and an awesome life journey together. Those kids will cherish the supplies you give them! I’m excited to follow your continued unfolding story. Carry on!!

  12. You do great work over there, keep on going! I’m doing something similar in Uganda and even though it is sometimes stressful and tiresome I do love this kind of work and how great it is to see those children running back to school with their new notebooks, that’s just amazing! Again keep up the great work over there!

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  14. I love you guys…I have been following your blog for some time. I was wondering….Where do you guys get the notebooks that you give out. Do you buy them locally?

    • Thanks so much for asking Caroline! We do buy our school supplies locally at the small “liberias” so that we support the local businesses and local economy. Great question and we’ll actually be showing you all some of the local shops we buy from and the families that run them on our site very soon! Thank you also for following along with us and supporting what we’re doing down here 🙂

  15. Bravo — having worked in grassroots international development for a period of my life, I really appreciate your approach, and your dedication. June Callwood (a Toronto-based activist, whose work outlives her physical life) once observed that one needs to retain a soft heart but develop a very hard head to go with it. (She added: “Unfortunately, too many people achieve the opposite.”) You seem to be well on track for the right combination! Oh, and thanks also for the like on my latest post.

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  18. We just watch house hunters and found you on google…great story. I just visited Nicaragua in May it was my first time since 28 plus years that I came to the states as a little girl. I must say I can’t wait to visit again. I was born in Granada and I have family in Masaya. I grew up in Los Angeles, CA we currently live in San Diego, CA. I hope to visit again in January with my husband his from Honduras. I shared your site on facebook my other half of my family lives in Miami. You are in our prayers…Blessings from on high.

  19. I totally agree. I am from Ecuador and my overall purpose is to help preserve and celebrate Andean textiles, improve the economy of the villages and assist weavers in carrying on a tradition practiced for more than 2000 years.

  20. Hello Life out of a Box, your blog is inspiring and may it inspire more of bloggers than just me; keep up the good work and thanks for visiting my blog!

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  22. Great message guys. Thanks for checking out my blog. I am interested to hear more about your products and the donations being given to children. I saw your bracelets on the shop link. Do you sell any other products at the moment? Your travels sound awesome and I wish you all the best in continuing your goals and your mission. -Alexander Johnny

    • Thanks Alexander Johnny for the compliment. We are looking to sell more products. If you have any suggestions please share with us. We should have shirts available in the next few months. Hope to hear from you again!

      • Hey! You’re very welcome. Glad to hear back. Let me brainstorm some and see what comes to mind. The shirts would be awesome as well. If you are taking design samples from externals sources, i could definitely help out and send you some to support the cause. My artworks at if you want to see some of it. Thanks again and talk soon. -Alexander

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  24. Great job guys! ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’. 🙂

    The leather bracelet, may I know what type of leather were you using? Cow’s?

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