Monday, July 7, 2008

more random advertising

I recently discovered a couple more not-for-profits that I am really digging:  Nest & Kiva.  They achieve their goal from different avenues but both center on providing small business loans to people in developing countries.  Such fantastic concepts.  

Here's a blurb from Nest's site:

Everyone needs beauty as well as bread. -John Muir

"Nest is a non-profit organization dedicated to changing the lives of woman in developing countries.  The mission of Nest is to support women artists and artisans in the developing world by helping them create sustainable, entrepreneurial businesses.  To do this, Nest provides micro-credit loans...the funds for these loans are generated by selling a unique line of merchandise produced exclusively for Nest by a group of artists & designers.  In addition to these exclusive items created by well-known designers, the recipients of Nest loans in developing countries also make their crafts available to Nest as repayment for their micro-credit loans.  When you buy from Nest, you have not only purchased a unique and beautiful item, you have participated in a proven effort to better the lives of woman all across the globe."

And from Kiva's site: 

"The people that you see on Kiva's site are real individuals in need of funding - not marketing material.  When you browse entrepreneurs' profiles on the site, choose someone to lend to, and then make a loan, you are making a real person make great strides towards economic independence and improve life for themselves, their family and their community.  Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates and track repayments.  Then, when you get your loan money back, you can lend to someone else in need."

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