R.A. NURUL 'LOLO' SANTOSA    Founder

R.A. NURUL 'LOLO' SANTOSA

Founder

Lolo grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia, raised in a Javanese home where social issues were tackled on a daily basis at home.

"I'm so used to seeing people from the neighborhood come to our house and waited for my mom or dad to get home. They either needed medicine or help with school or book payments for their kids. My parents always helped. I don't remember anyone being turned down for needs of medical assistance or education. My mom will get the medicine they need, if she didn't have any that day, she'd come home the next day after work and bring something similar if not the very thing they needed.  I saw my dad enrolling and paying tuition for kids and our household assistant.  We were a middle class family in Jakarta, my parents' life was and still is very simple, yet their happiness is in abundance. So much so that until today they continue to be lights in their communities."  

Inspired by her parents commitment to others, by her high school years Lolo started to do volunteer work in Jakarta . "In my last year of high school I had the opportunity to join a group in Jakarta which to cruise Ciliwung river, and it was truly an eye opener for me.  We went from the clean part in Pasar Rebo area all the way to 'Kota', which is the old town of Jakarta.  The river progressively got dirtier, water stopped to move, trash and smell were truly overwhelming yet people live around this very polluted water and use it to cook, drink and bath themselves.  From then on I started to do absolutely everything that I can to improve the life of my people in Indonesia.  I started teaching English to street children in Jakarta. I helped feed animals in Jakarta's zoo because they were short staffed.  Children, women and animal rights became my main passion until today." 

With Toko-Toko, Lolo to provide an alternative to the fashion consumer of items that are Vegan, Sustainable & Fair Trade. In the process, she connects with designers and artisans in Indonesia from different villages to provide work and to give back to these communities. "I continue to believe that we can all do great things for others. It's a journey. The conversations of responsible fashion is one that we need to continue to have."