Monday, December 1, 2008

December 2008: Itafari Foundation

For the month of December, HINT will be donating 10% of its profits to the Itafari Foundation. This donation will be used to purchase nanny goats, which will be given to cooperatives of Child Headed Households in Rwanda. Each of the 35 child cooperatives will be supplied with enough goats to start their own business raising animals that will supply much needed fertilizer and meat. These small businesses will be the means for helping children care for themselves. I hope to purchase at least 4 goats before Christmas. If you would like to join the cause and purchase a nanny goat for only $25.00, click on this link.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Give n' Gobble Run

The 2nd annual Give n' Gobble Walk/Run will be held in Sherwood, Oregon on Thursday, November 27th. This up-and-coming family event raises much needed funds for local food banks through the registration of participants, sponsorship, and individual contributions. All proceeds raised and food collected will be donated to the Oregon Food Bank and Helping Hands. Cindy Aggson of The Carpe Viam Group is the creative spirit behind this generous endeavor.  Click here to register for the event or to make a contribution by clicking here.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

November 2008: Loaves & Fishes

Doesn't this amazing woman's smile make you wonder about her story? In Portland, Oregon there are thousands of seniors who are fiercely independent and remain vital citizens within our community, yet they struggle with the basic necessities of survival -- nourishment. 

For the month of November, in honor of the Thanksgiving season, I will be donating 10% of HINT's profits to Portland's Loaves & Fishes Center (The Meals-On-Wheels People). For as little as $85 I can provide meals and services for two weeks to one senior. What a memorable way to share in the bounty of our autumn harvest season!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

October 2008 Kiva Loan: Senerita Mikaele

I was able do a second micro loan on Kiva for the month of October. Pictured above is Senerita Mikaele, a 23 year old woman from Samoa who sells handicrafts at the local flea market. Kiva is her only access to financing the resources for her growing business. This is her fourth successful loan on Kiva. What an industrious woman!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Alaxapacha Update

Last night I checked on the progress of Alaxapacha's fundraising and found out that these women already raised the total amount of their loan!! Wow, in one short week, people who were previously disconnected by locale came together through these women and raised $3,350.00! 

In our time of uncertainty, people must be feeling the urge more then ever to give and share wealth. I feel honored to be a part of this flow of energy. When I go out to the Kiva Web site and read about these international entrepreneurs, I am drawn to their humble stories of wanting to sustain their family and community through honest work. Underneath this universal desire, I sense a mutual longing that we all have when we want to fulfill a big or small dream. From the simplest request such as learning how to plant a garden to the larger desire such as attending medical school in order to heal lives, these universal stories of yearning bind us together in commonality.

My new strategy for fundraising in October is to wait until the end of the month, find a loan and donate the whole caboodle at once. So please check back to XOXO Dogs at the end of October to find out where HINT's profits are going to flow.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

October 2008 Fundraising: Alaxpacha Group

For the month of October, 10% of HINT's profits will go towards micro-financing a loan on Kiva for the Alaxpacha Group.  These women from Bolivia are requesting a loan of $3,350.00 to enrich their growing textile business. Knitting garments from alpaca, these industrious women sell their wares at stores and craft fairs in the city of La Paz. The Alaxpacha Group want to take their business one step further and start exporting beautiful knitted garments to other Bolivian cities and foreign countries. In order to make the leap into international commerce, they need a loan to purchase enough materials and training to help make the transition.

I'm really inspired by the spirit of these women coming together as a group as well as the meaning behind their name Alaxpacha: "from beyond space, sky." Click here to see the Kiva entrepreneurs that HINT Jewelry Design has supported.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Thank You!

Thanks to everyone who donated to my Race for the Cure fundraiser. I was able to meet my personal goal of $770.00 through direct donations and contributing 10% of HINT's profits from the months of August and September.

The walk was an inspiring experience! Next month I will be sponsoring one or more entrepenaurs in a developing country through Kiva. Look for their stories when I post in October.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

August & September 2008 Donate to Race for the Cure

For the months of August and September, I will be donating 10% of my earnings from Hint Jewelry to Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

In Portland, Oregon, on September 21st I will be walking alongside my team members, to raise money for breast cancer research and the opportunity to support free mammograms for low income women. 

I'm excited to be able to encourage other women to take care of their bodies and families through a free mammogram screening. Donating $77.00 to this cause supports one woman's journey towards loving kindness for her body.  I'd like to be able to give at least 10 women this gift so my goal is $770.00. Know that 10% of what I earn from Hint Jewelry will make this dream a reality.  If you'd rather donate directly to my campaign instead of purchasing a charm or necklace, please click here or send a check to the following address:

Komen Portland Race for the Cure
Unit 15
PO Box 4500
Portland, OR 97208

Note: Reference Beth Hemmila on the memo line if you would like your contribution to count towards my campaign.  Thanks for your support!

Be a Love Dog

For many years I have been inspired by the poetry and teaching of the great Sufi mystic Rumi. His poem Love Dogs has been a continual wellspring of inspiration, and I have secretly sought ways to connect with the message in this poem and give back what I have received.

In my Etsy store and on this blog I want to bring awareness to the beauty of the human spirit, highlighting movements of social change. Each month I will donate 10% of my earnings from Hint Jewelry to a non-profit organization that I will feature on my blog.
Love Dogs

One night a man was crying,
Allah! Allah!
His lips grew sweet with the praising,
until a cynic said,
"So! I have heard you
calling out, but have you ever
gotten any response?"

The man had no answer to that.
He quit praying and fell into a confused sleep.

He dreamed he saw Khidr, the guide of souls,
in a thick, green foliage.
"Why did you stop praising?"
"Because I've never heard anything back."
"This longing 
you express is the return message."

The grief you cry out from
draws you toward union.

Your pure sadness
that wants help
is the secret cup.

Listen to the moan of a dog for its master.
That whining is the connection.

There are love dogs
no one knows the names of.

Give your life
to be one of them.

Jalal Al-Din Rumi Translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne