Friday, February 27, 2009

We Interrupt this Regularly Scheduled Broadcast...

...to announce a give-away in honor of my 200th blog post!

After some deliberation, I've decided to do the same give-away as I did for my 100th post - a $50 gift certificate to Kiva.

You may remember from last Fall that Kiva is a non-profit organization that allows individuals to join forces and contribute towards micro-loans for entrepreneurs in third world countries. I have two loans out right now to seamstresses in Africa and South America.






Each loan has been 50% repaid to date.

Here's how it will work for the winner of this give-away. The Kiva website is constantly adding new loan requests. You can watch it for a while until you find someone whose request speaks to your heart. Then you apply the gift certificate towards the loan request.

Of course, it doesn't have to be a seamstress. Last Fall, Summerset applied her gift certificate loan to help a woman restock her fabric store - in other words, Summerset found a way to help a bunch of seamstresses! ;)

When the loan is repaid (usually within 6 to 18 months, depending on the size of the loan), you can claim the money and put it towards something special for YOUR sewing room - maybe some special fabric or a subscription to Burda World of Fashion magazine...

If you'd like to be considered for this give-away, just leave a comment. Good luck! :)

The winner will be announced next Thursday and your regular programming will resume next Friday! ;)

12 comments:

AmeliaSews said...

What a wonderful way to share, Gwen!
I find your blog very inspirational - you ask great questions and always sum things up so well.

I also want to thank you for the encouragement and kind words.

Here's to your next hundred posts!

Anonymous said...

What a caring way to celebrate your accomplishments! You have such a big heart!

-Natalie

SunnyQ said...

I second AmeliaSews - here's to your next 100 posts, Gwen!!

You are AMAZING! :)

loopylulu said...

This is such a thoughtful giveaway. Congrats on making it to 100!

ikkinlala said...

Congratulations on 200 posts, and what a wonderful idea for a giveaway!

sewducky said...

What a neat idea and congrats on the posts!

Sarah said...

200 posts! Oh boy!
This is awesome. As are you. Yay for finding a way to make a giveaway globally aware.

Sandra said...

Hi Gwen, I'm also a fan (from Oz). We have a couple of loans with Kiva, and it seems to be a great organisation. What a wonderful idea for a celebratory give-away - congratulations!

Paulette said...

Gwen - what a wonderful idea!! This is actually something I had heard about but was not sure how to do...thanks for the link!

Faye Lewis said...

The greatest idea I've heard this year. Please enter me in your contest.

Emily said...

I've been meaning to give something to Kiva since I heard about it about a year ago. It's such an awesome organization!

Christine said...

This is such a great giveaway! Please include me! :)