We’re driven to create peer-to-peer communities where people help each other with mutual support, trust and collaboration.
Everyone deserves to participate in a supportive community. We aim to replace isolation with connection.
What’s a mate if not reliable? People can lean on us to get their transport challenges solved.
We believe in empowering people to make sustainable choices. We aim to make it easy to participate in the second-hand, circular economy, while reducing the need for additional vehicles on the road.
We’re here to help those with limited access to moving large items. Whether it’s lack of transport, caregiving duties, or physical impairments, everyone should be able to access the second-hand goods they need.
Cobber was founded by single mum and immigrant Roann Junio Hartmann through the experience of her own adversity. Raising two children in public housing, Roann relied on second-hand goods from online marketplaces like Gumtree and Facebook. As Roann doesn’t drive, she was unable to pick up the items, and she didn’t have family around to help her. While sellers could sometimes deliver items, they often didn’t have a large enough vehicle.
Every time she needed a couch, a fridge, or a bed for her son it was a stressful and extremely frustrating experience. It was disheartening to constantly miss out on things she needed and having no one to help.
Bayanihan, 1962. Watercolor. Botong Francisco. Mr. and Mrs. Paulino Que Collection. Photography by David C. Fabros
communities of ‘mates’
Roann founded Cobber on the philosophy of Bayanihan, a concept from her native Philippines. This is the spirit of community cooperation – a collective effort of people working towards a common goal.
With Cobber, we are creating a fleet of drivers ready to transport large and bulky second-hand items, so that people will always have a ‘mate’ to count on.
Building peer-to-peer communities for people and the planet
Peer-to-peer culture removes hierarchies and middle people, allowing people to build groups of support and collaboration. At Cobber, we believe this way of working together can create more sustainable and equitable communities, where everyone can access everything they need and can experience the satisfaction of supporting others.
When it comes to second hand goods, these connected communities can strengthen the circular economy by making it easy to reuse existing goods and reduce our waste.
Our vision is that with the help of Cobber, peer-to-peer culture becomes a part of people’s every day, for better lives and a healthier planet for all.