Charity at Island Yarn

I got through all the destashing last night and now have 3 big boxes ready for donation!  If you work with a school, or senior center, or shelter, or some other group that needs a yarn donation, come on in and pick up a box!


It’s been a little while since we had a good charity event so I thought it might be fun to do one that served many purposes. There are all sorts of ways to contribute and receive great thank you gifts in the process!

We are starting with a non-perishable food drive for the Salvation Army Food Pantry here in Waltham. Bring in canned goods or other non-perishables any day we are open.

And then….for every 2 food items that you bring in, you can choose a ball of yarn out of the sale bin for free. You can go merrily on your way with your ball(s) of yarn OR donate them back into our charity yarn bin which will be headed to several different area women’s homeless shelters thanks to crabbycrocheter. Maybe she will post a bit more about them when she gets the ear burn? You can also bring in donation yarn during the event to put in the box. Also, if you use our destashing service during the event you can donate whatever doesn’t sell.

As a thank you for your yarn donation, for every full ball (sale bin or what you bring in or destash) you can get a raffle ticket to win one of many awesome prizes! Lots of gorgeous sample sweaters, bags, and, naturally, some yarn! I’ll being posting pictures and details about all of these prizes later in the week. You can also buy raffle tickets for these prizes at $2 each. All proceeds from ticket sales will be going to one of my favorite charities Kiva. You can see what we have already been able to do through Kiva here.

So it seems crazy, right? But I think it will be fun! Here’s the summary for those of you who like to cut to the chase:

1 – Bring in Non-perishable Food
2 – Get a ball of sale bin yarn as a thank you. Keep it or donate it to our area homeless shelters. (Or bring in yarn, or donate out of destash service)
3 – Get a raffle ticket for one of many great prizes! (Or buy tickets for $2/ticket for Kiva)

Does it make sense? The event will run from now until September 1st…plenty of time to clean out the pantry and your stash! 🙂

We did a great fundraiser for Kiva a while ago, and there’s always news with Kiva, so…

Kiva Update!

Since Kiva is a loaning organization…once the loans are paid back, you can loan out your donation again!  It’s great renewable giving and I hope all of you check out their website!  I also thought you guys might like to know who we are supporting right now.  Currently our loans are out to:

Ghada – Lebanon

Ghada is a 41-year-old woman who lives with her husband and their five children in Bint Jbeil in southern Lebanon. Ghada has been selling clothes from her house since 1998. She sells women’s clothes, scarves and clothes for veiled women, as well as pajamas and lingerie.

Ghada decided to start her business because she likes it and has experience. However, when she first started her business, she didn’t have enough cash to diversify her merchandise. Now, Ghada is well known because she does her best to suit her client’s needs. Her clients are women from her region.

She requested a loan from the Kiva field partner, Al Majmoua, in order to purchase more merchandise for her sales. This is her second loan cycle and she has always paid on time.

In the future, she plans to keep on improving her business and to attract more clients.

Primas De Betania Group – Mexico

This group is called “Las Primas de Betania” and is located in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Francisca Pech Canul is a member of this group. Francisca embroiders and makes ‘huipiles’ which are traditional tunics or blouses from the Maya region of Quintana Roo. She is requesting this loan to invest in buying threads and fabrics which she will use to grow her business. She feels proud and happy because, thanks to this loan, she will manage to improve her business and make a large variety of outfits such as suits, increasing her sales and thereby her profits. She will also be able to conserve the beauty of her culture. This experience allows her to create a culture of saving and she plans to better herself and improve her family’s quality of life. Francisca is a very hard-working person who has 7 children, most of whom are already married. Through effort and hard work, she has managed to get her children ahead in life and she will continue to work, as she has done up until now, in order to improve her business and provide for her family’s well-being.

Sophea Say – Cambodia

Mrs. Sophea Say (in the photo with her loom) and her husband, Mr. Proeung Un, live on an island in the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh. They have been married since 1989 and have one son and two daughters. One has full-time employment in Phnom Penh, one assists her mother in the business and another one attends school.

Sophea is a silk weaver. Her husband is a farmer. Sophea asked for a Kiva loan once. She hopes to continue her weaving business, so she is asking for another loan of $200 to purchase weaving materials.

Savoeun Run – Cambodia

Mrs. Savoeun Run and her husband, Mr. Vuthy Soy, live in a village across the Mekong River, approximately twenty kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have three children, two attend school and another one is still young.

Savoeun is a weaver. Her husband is a security guard. In the past, he was a construction worker. Savoeun asked for a Kiva loan once. She hopes to continue her weaving business, so she is asking for her second loan of $600 to purchase weaving materials (cotton threads). She will also use a part of the loan to repair the roof of her house.

Chandalis Thauy – Cambodia

Mrs. Chandalis Thauy (pictured with her loom) is 26 years old, and her husband, Mr. Longvanna Ven, is 28 years old. They live on an Island in the Mekong River about fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have been married since 2008 and have one son and one daughter. All of them are still young.

Chandalis is a weaver. Her husband is a security guard. She is applying for a loan of $700 to purchase weaving materials for her weaving business.

Yvette Nirere – Rwanda

Yvette is 36 years old, and she is married with one child who is two years old. Yvette owns a small business selling various styles of African clothes for women. This business is well known and organized. The hours of her business are from 6am until 7pm every day. She has two years of experience in this business.

Yvette has requested her first loan from Kiva lenders, via Vision Finance Company, in order to expand her business by purchasing more African clothes to sell. Once this expansion is reached, Yvette will be able to earn more profit. She wants her business to be wholesale. With any profits, she will build her own house and reinvest in her business.

Diènèbou Coulibaly – Mali

Born around 1976 in the Mampè prefecture of Sikasso, Diènèbou COULIBALY is married and the mother of five children. She lives with her husband and their children in a large traditional family in Sanoubougou I Kapel Kourou, one of the neighborhoods on the outskirts of the city of Sikasso (third administrative region of Mali).

After several unsuccessful businesses, over eight years ago this woman started a small business purchasing and selling fans, as well as a variety of other goods. She purchase her wares in the market in Sarro (region of Ségou) before reselling them from her stand in her local market. In the local market her goods are in high demand with her customers (largely female homemakers and food vendors) due to the quality of her products; her wares are especially popular during the hot season.

In order to better serve her growing clientele, she decided to join the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso more than two years ago. She is requesting a third loan and to increase her business by purchasing more fans (20 boxes). With this loan she expects to earn a monthly profit of 200,000 FCFA which will be used primarily to grow her business, contribute to family expenses, pay interest on the loan and invest the rest in her business.

Nora – Peru

Nora is 61 years old, is an affectionate woman and loves animals and plants. She lives in her own house, inherited by her parents, near her sister and nephews.

Many years ago she used to sell suitcases to her friends in the neighborhood but lately has been making handicrafts for the kitchen and other areas of the house. She is very happy doing this because it is possible to do it at her own house and she has many regular customers who like her work. Thanks to previous loans and the profits from her handicrafts she was able to enlarge her house and is renting two rooms to tenants who are very responsible. She would like to continue doing this, so it is important to enclose the terraced roof to offer them security. This has been profitable and in the future she would like to build one more room and continue with her handicrafts.

This is her 26th loan from MFP and she commits herself to continue paying in a timely manner since she hopes to obtain other loans in the future. The loan will be utilized to buy cement, bricks and the materials needed to complete her handicrafts on time for Mother’s Day.

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