Tuesday, November 16, 2010

What is Nest?

About Nest:
Nest is a non-profit organization dedicated to help women create successful craft-based small businesses through microfinance loans, mentoring, and business training. Nest's unique micro-bartering approach sets the organization apart from other microfinance projects - rather than requiring cash repayment, Nest encourages loan recipients to repay their loans through products, which Nest then markets and sells in the United States.

Nest Overview from Nest on Vimeo.

 Nest Summer Fellows:
The Nest Summer Fellows program allows individuals to live and work with a cooperative of women in one of six Nest sites - India, Morocco, Togo, the Dominican Republic, Kenya, and Guatemala - for two months. As a Nest Summer Fellow, I will help to implement Nest's unique three-part microbarter model by working directly with loan recipients, organizing and facilitating workshops and trainings, collecting qualitative and quantitative data regarding Nest's microfinance activities, and generating awareness and support for Nest's activities by posting journal entries, photographs, and videos on this blog. 

Nest products: 
Visit the Nest shop to view more hand-crafted items both from loan recipients as well as from U.S. designers, with all proceeds supporting Nest's mission and activities. 

Anjali Laptop Case (India)

Nadia Tote (Morocco)


Elie Elephant (Togo)

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