In Her Hands – Craftswomen Changing the World Paula Gianturco and Toby Tuttle; Foreword by Alice Walker; The Monacelli Press, 2000. ISBN 1-58093-068-9
All over the world, from Latin America and Africa to Eastern Europe and Asia, women in developing economies improve the lives of their families…. Continued research shows when women become active earners the economic standing of the family improves.
I found this book in a second hand bookstore – fast becoming a thing of the past – but this find was well worth the investment. Even if you are not interested in supporting the world of micro-loans and helping women empower themselves the images are sure to impress. Travel in your armchair and visit Bolivia and the Evangelina Knitters, Guatemala and the Cuyucate Weavers, Panama and the Mola Makers to name just a few. The images are striking, the text is informative with historical and cultural facts. The reader meets 18 indigenous craft cooperatives in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia.
I took particular notice of the book after I joined KIVA, an organization instrumental in providing micro-loans to individuals around the world. As a supporter since 2010 I have made 41 micro loans. My portfolio supports women exclusively, some are groups others are working as independent business owners. I look for loans in the arts, education, and anything that strikes me worthwhile supporting. I even started my own lending team, Textile Artists for Global Change with 17 members to date. Jointly we have made 118 loans, totaling $ 3,000. Anyone who becomes a KIVA supporter is an individual, if the person decides to join a lending team any of their individual loans count toward this lending team’s effort. Their loans are their loans – repayment is made to the KIVA lender directly. Once the loan is repaid the person may withdraw the amount or reinvest. As Canadian we cannot claim additional donations as a tax credit, however if you reside in the US any additional donations are tax deductible.
I am signing off with “In Her Hands”, which promises a journey into color and inspiration while I enjoy my morning coffee. Happy Sunday!
Kiva sounds very interesting. A favourite author, Debbie Macomber encourages her readers to choose a significant word each year. My is giving. So I would be interested in knowing more about how Kiva works. Can I join your group or must I find one through Kiva. What amount is required to begin. Excited information you share.
Katina, yes you may join my group at KIVA. It is open to anyone and I certainly do not know every single person who has chosen to become a member. Would love to have you be part of of Textile Artists for Global Change.
You can join KIVA without donating immediately. Just join, set up and account and check back regularly, eventually you will find the person you want to support. The minimum amount to lend is $ 25. Hope this helps!
This is a fantastic idea. You are such an inspiration!
I am huge fan of KIVA! One great organization – one can feel part of a greater community and work toward empowering women, one micro loan at a time.
You’re inspiring, Anna. I just ordered a copy of the book from the library. Should make for some wonderful reading. thanks….E
You are welcome, Eileen! I am sure you will enjoy this book! I find something new every time I open it.