You’ll see children begging at crossroads in Kosovo because their parents can’t afford for them not to contribute a couple of euros a day to the family income.
Give parents a more sustainable income, and you can change that calculation. The Ideas Partnership has run a series of micro-finance projects in marginalized communities to give parents the chance to give their children a different chance. Parents take part on condition that their children are going to school.
This life-changing activity is managed through a registered social enterprise, named Sa-Pune. (For Albanian speakers, there’s a bit of word-play in here around the words for soap and for how much work participants are doing and how much work is needed to develop a truly equal society; whatever you speak, there are some wonderful gifts in here.)
You can find more details and lovely gifts here.
Here’s some of what you’re going to see on the Sa-Pune homepage:
Tote Bags – 2.50€
Lavender bags – 1.80€
Cards with silver filigree – 3.00€
Purses with silver filigree – 4.00€
Gifts such as the bags and purchases are made with re-cycled (and often splendidly funky) materials.
And there are new products:
Bookmarks with silver filigree – 4.00€
Candles with silver filigree – 4.50€
When you buy one of the products, you’re not only putting a bit of money into the community. You’re also helping a parent make a different life. And you’re giving a child a chance. Oh, and you’re getting a nice thing.
Here’s the homepage again; ask for more information, and learn how you can help our social enterprise work, via firstname.lastname@example.org.