I’ve always loved the concept behind Kiva, so I have to give a little pimp to Knitters for Kiva. It’s a way for fiber enthusiasts of all kinds to support economic independence and sustainability in the developing world via microfinance.
As Kiva states on their site, “Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend to unique entrepreneurs around the globe.”
They have an all-star cast of corporate and institutional supporters, and after all – I did first hear about them on Oprah. Need I say more? I love the focus on empowerment, of throwing out a bootstrap or two for someone to pull themselves up by. Plus, knitters tend to be a good bunch of peeps. So I like the concept of banding together with them to help other handcrafters worldwide.
Thank you to Laura for starting the ball rolling!