November 25, 2018

In the spirit of the holiday season, we wanted to shine a spotlight on two organizations that are very close to our hearts. Criscara loves to support those looking to express their creativity, pursue their dreams and embody the meaning of #livecriscara - living each day to the fullest in the spirit of confidence, kindness and curiosity. We are dedicated supporters of two incredible organizations, The Dreaming Zebra Foundation and Kiva, both of which are committed to supporting artisans and entrepreneurs just like us. 

Ahead, learn a bit about our efforts to give back and how you can get involved, too. XO, Crista

 

Supporting Young Artisans Through The Dreaming Zebra Foundation

The arts were always such a big part of our lives and the catalyst for launching Criscara.  We want to see children and young adults being given the same opportunity we had to explore and develop their creativity in the arts. 

What we love most about the Dreaming Zebra Foundation is that they "encourage children to embrace their individuality, to express themselves creatively, and follow their artistic dreams".

It is their belief that all children should have access to art education, regardless of financial circumstances. They provide art and music supplies to support children, schools, and other nonprofit organizations serving youth and the arts, and they sponsor a Community Art Recycling Program, supporting education, the environment, and community.

Learn more about the Dreaming Zebra Foundation.

This winter, the Dreaming Zebra Foundation has teamed up with Blick Art Materials to offer a 20% discount for art supplies donations. Click here to learn more about the program!

Supporting Entrepreneurs through Micro-Lending on Kiva

Criscara supports entrepreneurs from all around the world who are are trying to make a living doing what they love.  Kiva "celebrates and supports people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities".
 
Why?  
 
Microfinance is the idea that low-income individuals are capable of lifting themselves out of poverty if given access to financial services. Studies show that women invest in their family and their community and that by helping women grow their business, it tends to improve not only their lives, but the lives of their families and the communities they are a part of.  
 
We have supported women and men all across the world, from jewelry designers to bakers to clothing makers.  We want to see these entrepreneurs thrive and keep their unique culture alive through their craft.  Such a small amount of money can make such a huge difference, and we love seeing the success of each of the people we invest in.

Check us out on Kiva and join the Criscara lending team.

In honor of Giving Tuesday, Kiva is offering a $25 bonus gift card for every $50 in Kiva cards purchased. Click here to learn more and get involved.


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