Friday, March 23, 2012

Sweet Charity

“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back.” ~Anthony Robbins

I am HUGE believer in giving back.  I do believe it is part of us – who God made us all to be – givers, helpers, lovers, etc.  I have been so blessed in my life; I want to share those blessings with others.
10% of ALL canvas sales & 25% of ALL postcard sales go toward non-profit. 

When you check out on Etsy, in the comment section, just put which non-profit from the list here you would like your % of sales to go towards.

Now, some people don’t list a non-profit, so for those I have decided to “feature” a non-profit for 3 months at a time…if someone doesn’t list a non-profit, it will automatically do to the featured one.
Discover Hope will be the first featured non-profit.

What is Discover Hope?
DiscoverHope creates dignified solutions for women in poverty through our Microcredit Plus Model. By combining loans with learning, we provide access to credit as well as access to knowledge. We believe that women in poverty have the potential to lead and to take charge of their lives. The impact of these efforts positively affects communities for generations, creating a legacy of hope. We currently work in Cajamarca, Peru and are working to create a second Latin American work site in the future.

Loan Women are able to start and grow their businesses with access to capital through microcredit (small loans of about $150)
Learn Women request training on the skills they need and we create the classes

Lead The women step into their own positions of power within their village banks and through our leadership training
Legacy Starting, growing and owning a business positively impacts the women, their families and their community – it’s hope that lasts for generations

We believe in organic development “from the roots up” beginning with the dreams and desires of the women we serve. The focal point of our work is to facilitate enterprise and develop the resourcefulness and intelligence of women. We honor the value and potential in every person, especially those born into a cycle of poverty.
The greatest lesson of successful international development can be summed up in one word – LISTEN. By being present in the community, we have deep knowledge about the needs of women in poverty in Cajamarca, Peru. Each year, DiscoverHope collects feedback from the women about their participation, discoveries and needs. This is what the women tell us that they want and so it is what we create:

  • Opportunity to access credit without needing a history of collateral
  • Safety and stability in credit borrowing
  • Creation of jobs and micro-businesses
  • Increased income
  • Building collateral through participation
  • Working toward economic independence
  • Educational opportunities for personal, business, finance
  • Health education and clinical support
  • Home infrastructure improvements
  • Overall improved standard of living
  • Increased financial security for family
  • Increased self-esteem and personal power
It is a GREAT non-profit. I think all the time, what if I wasn’t born into my family, here in the United States, but still had my creativity – how would I make it work?  This is a great way to help women born without all of our blessings help themselves and their families.

If you have a non-profit you would like me to add to the list (I am going to keep it around 10 at a time), please leave me a commit with that info.  If you have an email address, that would be super helpful.  All I ask of the non-profits on the list is to spread the word about them recovering a % of sales – to help them earn more!
Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given to you.  Deuteronomy 16:17

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