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.