In light of Maryam's trip to Rwanda, I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you all to a non-profit group with a unique social mission that I've been involved with over the past few months: NEST.
NEST is a non-profit organization that was created by Rebecca Kousky in 2006. NEST has invested its social mission in demonstrating a desire and dedication to changing the lives of women in developing countries. By providing micro-credit loans to be used for the purchase of the supplies and materials necessary to begin/maintain art or craft-based businesses, NEST's goal is to support female artists and artisans in the developing world by allowing them to create sustainable entrepreneurial businesses.
Please visit the NEST blog, Bangles & Clay, to support us in the "Startup Nation" competition. With branches all over the US and new divisions popping up constantly, we're eager to expand our cause and our team.
To find a branch closest to you and to learn more about our mission, contact NEST.