Friday, June 17, 2011

Prayer Flag Project: Day 17 Investing

Today's prayer is for more meaningful investment strategies that strengthen communities and empower women.  I especially am moved by an organization called Nest, which is all about the small artisan/crafts person and making their business viable and bringing their goods to a larger market.

Nest Mission Statement
Nest is a nonprofit organization that empowers female artists and artisans around the world. Using a unique combination of interest-free microfinance loans, mentoring from established designers, as well as a market in which to sell their crafts, Nest helps its loan recipients create successful small businesses. Nest instills pride of ownership, preserves ancient artistic traditions and successfully moves women from poverty to self-sufficiency.

(This is not an advertisement for Nest, nor is it an endorsement. I just love the idea of what they do.  As in all companies and charities, do your own research before you buy or donate).

I pray for fair lending, available low interest credit, and good results.  I hope that these organizations help women bring their families out of poverty and improve the children's opportunities for education and employment.

Today's flag is formed from a hand pieced block that I pulled out of my scrap pile.  A dollar bill was slashed (now that was hard to do...) and woven into the twine window salvaged from a potato bag.  The tags read clothing 15%, recreation 8%, personal 10%, food 27%, rent 30%, savings 10% and were taken from an interesting vintage Home Budget bank.  The bank contained 12 compartments and had slots through which its owner could slip a bill or coins.  Each compartment was meant to encourage savings for a different purpose, and the papers were meant to be slid into a tiny frame on each box.


teri said...

What a lovely blog you have! I came here from Jane LaFazio's blog, where she posted about the prayer flags. I'm looking forward to doing some of this myself. xo

Sweetpea said...

Greetings from the Pacific Northwest ~ I've just read about your project via Jane LaFazio. Am dropping by to tell you how wonderful this inspired inspiring idea. I'm going to spend a little time reading through your blog - perhaps I shall join you. I have prayers that need to be wind-borne...

Thank you for doing this!

donna!ee said...

WOW, this is the most awesome concept! i've just read about it on jane's blog and although i'm a little behind, i'm gonna participate by doing a smash book of prayer flags along along with you...THANK YOU MUCH for sharing!! :)

Caryl said...

What a wonderful idea, I have to do this because I need a lot pf prayers answered. Thanks to Jane I found my way here.

Donna Becker said...

Thanks, Vivika, for posting info about NEST. I, too, am a fan of organizations working to bring positive change in womens' lives.
I've really been enjoying your prayer flags. Today's is terrific. It reminded me of a savings card my Dad got me when I was a kid. It had little slots where I could put quarters and save up for something special. Once I had all the slots fill, however, I refused to use the money. All those quarters just looked so organized and perfect right in the card that I couldn't bear the thought of pulling them out and spending them.
Geesh, I wish I'd kept that attitude! :-)

The Adventurous Art Teacher said...

What a wonderful project... I also came here from Jane LaFazio's blog. Can't wait to create a few prayer flags myself.
Thanks for sharing your idea.

Island Threads said...

hello Vivika, I have been inspired by yours and Nina's prayer flags and today made one and hung it in my garden, thank you it is the first textile work I have done for a very long time, Frances

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