Monday, March 28, 2011
I am so excited about our newest give-a-way! My friend from our Cambridge days (and mom to Nathan's closest friend there) is now living in Pune, India with her family. She is working with some local women to develop a business making beautiful saris for 18" dolls (American Girl size and similar). These saris are incredibly beautiful. Anna Faith has been drooling over this one all day. Janet's venture is intended to help the women in this city earn scholarships for their children. She tells me that this area of India is incredibly poor, and she is working out a way for these women to help their families with their impressive talents creating these saris--each is a piece of art in and of itself. According to Janet, these women are "provided training, equipment and a chance to work in their homes for wages they set; profits from sells go towards scholarships for their children."
First, I want to tell you how you can help Janet and the women of Pune! You can place an order for your doll-sized sari for your daughter's American Girl doll, or other 18" doll. Each sari is $25 and includes a bangle, gift bag, and bindi. $10 of each of these purchases goes toward scholarships for the children of the artisans. She is also looking for sponsors to help them purchase more sewing machines. These are $160 each. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org and thanks for helping make a difference in the lives of these women!
On to the give-a-way...Janet has sent me one of these beautiful saris to give a way to you all. This sari is red and gold and comes with bangles and a beautiful bag in the same fabric. I can't tell you how beautiful this traditional Indian fabric is and I am sure the pics don't do it justice. Anna Faith allowed me to use her Julie doll to model. I will be giving this sari to one lucky donator. For each $3 donation to our adoption fund, you will get one entry. Just use the link at the right. You can donate even if you don't have a paypal account. I will also give you freebie entries for sharing on facebook or your blog-just comment here to let me know you shared. I am happy to ship the sari if the winner is not local. We are very close to traveling and have a lot of money left to raise, and we really appreciate each and every donation!
And remember, if you don't win, you can still order one of these beautiful saris for your daughter and her doll and help the women of Pune at the same time. Thanks!