Community Driven Technology Solutions

Technology barriers hinder financial independence and quality of life for low-income individuals, people of color, adults with disabilities, and other frontline communities. suma’s community-driven tech solution removes these barriers, making essential goods and services more affordable.

Events

suma summer special
From May 4th to the end of the season our app offering is back:
The Summer Special is returning to St. Johns and Kings farmers markets! 
Visit our FAQ pages for more information: 

suma crowdfund at Tropicale
We are excited to invite you to our crowdfunding event at Tropicale, located at 2337 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97232, on July 3rd from 5-7 pm. Tropicale will be offering a special cocktail for suma, with a portion of the sales generously donated to our upcoming fund.

RSVP or read more about the event here:

Our Story

“Suma” means “sum, total, addition, or combination” in Spanish. The suma app aggregates opportunities for frontline communities to access discounts and subsidies, making the whole greater than the sum of its parts.

We envision an inclusive technology landscape for frontline communities that are often exploited or overlooked by the tech sector.

What We Do

Digital Organizing

We develop and share tailored curricula to build digital capacity with frontline communities.

Digital Justice

Collaborating with partners and governments, we advocate for digital policies that involve community members and bridge the digital divide.

Digital Enterprise

We launched the suma platform, a community-built payment app that helps low-income households save money on essential expenses like food, transportation, and utilities.

suma for Community Members, Partners, and Funders

For Community Members

Experience the power of the suma app in stretching your budget and saving you money on essential expenses such as food, transportation, and utilities.

We built the app for people like you – the ones hustling to make ends meet, looking for discounts and savings on the things you buy the most.

for suma and start saving!

For Partners

As a vendor, affordable housing provider, or frontline partner, the suma platform enables you to strengthen community connections, reach new customers, and meet vital community needs. Sign up for updates within the suma community or contact us to discover how suma can help you amplify your reach and impact.

For Funders

Your support for the suma platform helps frontline communities confidently engage the world of technology and work together to address community priorities like poverty, climate change, and racial injustice. Download our one-pager for more information. Interested in supporting our mission? Sign up for a call to learn more.
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Crafting the suma Privacy Policy: Our Approach

suma’s outreach team worked with community members, partners, and legal counsel to create a community-based privacy policy for the suma app.

Community members shared privacy concerns, reviewed best practices, and provided detailed policy recommendations in small group discussions facilitated by the suma team.

We then used the community’s recommendations to guide the suma app’s inaugural privacy policy.

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We're building the suma platform to connect you with new customers at reduced customer acquisition costs and to increase participation in your community discount programs. Stay tuned to this site for more information, and join our mailing list to get platform updates.