This is something I have been wanting to do for a while, but wanted to make sure I felt comfortable with the terms and how I wanted to make this work.
But this it. Introverted Art decided to work with Kiva. This amazing non-profit organization that connects people to reduce poverty, letting people loan as little as $25 to help others.
I have been saying for a while that my art was never meant to be sold, that I do have a career and that almost all the money I make with it is donated to causes that are dear to my heart, such as animal rescues and domestic violence shelters.
Now, I decided to make things a bit more official and I created an account for IA. What attracted me to Kiva is that this is not a donation. It is a loan. A loan to entrepreneurial men and women trying to improve their life conditions and businesses. Also, the money used in an original loan can be used for the next person once the loan is paid off.
I will create an additional page so I can show where the money is going. Therefore, if you ever buy something from IA, 100% of your purchase will go to someone who needs it.
I am working on a commission now, so soon the money IA makes from that will be helping someone who needs it :)
I am making 2 things very clear though: 1. most of the money will be lent to females. I like guys, but in a lot of places things are much tougher for women. So I feel inclined to help them. 2. most of the money will go to poor areas/countries and conflict zones. One person asked me why not the US. This truly is one of the most amazing countries in the world, where if we work hard and go to school we can have a decent life. A lot of other people are not as lucky as we are.
--->Photos from Kiva's website and some of the women trying to improve their businesses.