Not shocking, I get introduced to MANY women-oriented charities and non-profits, but Nest (buildanest.org) touched me deeply for several reasons, which is why I joined their board of trustees a year ago.
1. The founder Rebecca Kousky reminded me of myself at 24. Fresh out of school…with huge dreams and unstoppable determination.
2. Nest gives women in underprivileged countries a chance to start their own businesses by providing small loans and a business curriculum. But unlike your usual loans, Nest loan recipients “repay” the company with their crafts and finished products—indeed different than your everyday “microfinance” organization!
3. Unlike more established organizations like Step Up Women’s Network or Susan G. Komen, Nest is still very young. With my entrepreneurial experience and passion, I’d like to help the organizations that need it the most!
Of course there are the natural synergies with Shecky’s: empowering women, artisans, small business owners…. Nest even sources products for top fashion brands! Recent collaborations have included brands like FEED, Kate Spade, Tory Burch and Trina Turk. I’m hoping I can introduce Nest to many more great companies and people to come…starting with Shecky’s girlfriends like you!
GIRL TALK TIME: Have you ever purchased a Nest product? What do you think of the organization and Rebecca’s story? What is your dream way to empower women? Who should Claudia interview next on Meet My Girlfriends?