I am a big fan of online shopping. Personally I would much rather spend my free time hiking or hanging with friends than navigating a mall on a busy Saturday. I mean, I love a good shopping trip as much as the next girl with a post-payday bank balance, but mostly I prefer finding exactly what I want within seconds by typing it into a search bar, and have the package arrive on my desk a few days later.
I discovered Loot.co.za a couple of weeks ago, an online retailer that stocks everything from homeware to grooming tools, kitchen supplies to books, electronics and outdoor essentials, and much more. What really drew me to them though was their new partnership with MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet, which allows me to support my favourite charity organisations when I shop online through them.
MySchool is a pretty brilliant concept. Each time you swipe your card the retailer makes a contribution to the organisations you have chosen – and it costs you nothing.
This new partnership with Loot.co.za gives us a lot more opportunities to support chosen charities through MySchool and it is so convenient – click, shop, give back. The online retailer stocks over 14 million products including games, electronics, toys, baby, kitchen and home, stationery, arts and crafts, outdoor, health and beauty, office supplies, DIY and more, with free delivery on purchases over R250. MySchool currently has 1.1 million active cardholders and raises an average of R6 million per month for schools and charities.
Loot.co.za and MySchool kicked off their partnership this month and celebrated Youth Day on 16 June by donating 2 300 Tutudesks to learners without desks at select schools in Limpopo and Mpumalanga. The Tutudesk Campaign, one of the MySchool beneficiaries, has already helped 1,3 million learners in 24 African countries by supplying them with lap desks. Can you imagine working without a desk? I tried it for a day last year and it was incredibly frustrating.
I received a voucher to try Loot.co.za and after a quick browse through their Kitchen & Home section I decided to treat myself with my very own Biltong Maker. I’ve been eyeing this dehydrator for a while now, which allows me to create meaty treats (or dried fruits) in my home, without having to string up chunks of steak in my garage (somehow I don’t think that would fly in my Cape Town apartment). I am so excited to play around with different spices and flavours.
The Loot website has been designed to make the shopping experience simple and convenient, and includes thorough details on the products and the option for customers to post reviews – allowing you to buy the best. Because they stock so many products their categories are quite dense and it can take you a while to browse through everything, but if you are in a hurry you can also use the search bar to quickly find any specific items you are looking for. I thought it worked really well.
The checkout process was also easy to navigate and if I remember correctly my package arrived 4 working days after I purchased it, delivered by a courier in a neat condition. I also got an email notification as soon as the package was sent off so that I could look out for it.
If you want to support your MySchool charities while shopping at Loot.co.za, all you need to do is enter your MySchool card number at Check-Out. If you don’t have a MySchool card yet you can sign up here. It is completely free. Loot will then give back a percentage on every item purchased.
The beneficiary I chose is Legacy Community Development Centre, a Non Profit company that helps to uplift people in Khayamandi outside my hometown, Stellenbosch. They run several programs that provide education, skills development and support for members of the community. Take a look at the video below.
As I said earlier, I’m a big fan of online shopping and I love it even more when I get to support a good cause at the same time. Give it a go.
*This post has been sponsored by MySchool at Loot.co.za