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Collaboration is the new frontier among international nonprofits serving the poor. A partnership between the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region and, the Brooklyn-based, NEST, is leveraging the strengths of both organizations to benefit those they serve in the developing world.
As part of an initiative to recruit young leaders in philanthropy, IPPF/WHR staff was introduced to Rebecca Kousky, Executive Director and Founder of NEST, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering female artisans around the world. NEST uses a unique combination of interest-free microfinance loans and mentoring from established designers to help 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.
The partnership will produce IPPF/WHR custom tote bags that will go on sale at NEST’s annual Garden Party on June 7th in New York City. The Garden Party is open to the public. NEST artisans in the Dominican Republic are producing the bags and both nonprofits are working to bring their friends, donors and volunteers together in a shared mission to help women in need of healthcare, opportunity and financial independence. See the slide show below for event details and to see the bags being made! Reserve your spot here.
All proceeds from the sale of the tote bags will provide reproductive healthcare and advocacy in Latin America and the Caribbean. Please join us and spread the word!