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Giving back through Kiva loans to support mom entrepreneurs

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!  I want to officially announce something that I am so excited about in tonight's post.  We have decided, as a family, to set aside $1 from every sale at The Busy Mom Boutique to use towards supporting mom-entrepreneurs in developing countries through a Kiva loan.  The mission for us has always been to support moms in business by promoting and selling their mom-invented products.  Now we have decided that the profit that we make through this site can also help moms in less fortunate, developing countries, to make their dreams a reality and play a role in the battle against poverty. 

It's funny because every time I think about this or talk about it, I smile.  I feel this overwhelming sense that this is exactly what I need to be doing.  Have you ever felt that way about a decision?  I know that our loans will start small since the business is still at the beginning stages, but I know in my heart that we'll still be making a difference in the lives of many women...and because of that, I'm pretty content in this decision. 

My goal is to post about each loan that we make here on the blog so that our customers and followers can read about each of the women that YOU are supporting with us.  So stay tuned for all of that!

If you haven't heard of Kiva or microfinance then keep reading below.  I have put some basic information that can also be found on the Kiva website if you're interested in learning more.  Here you go:

What is Kiva?  A non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.
What is Microfinance?  A general term to describe financial services to low-income individuals or to those who do not have access to typical banking services.  Microfinance is also the idea that low-income individuals are capable of lifting themselves out of poverty if given access to financial services. While some studies indicate that microfinance can play a role in the battle against poverty, it is also recognized that is not always the appropriate method, and that it should never be seen as the only tool for ending poverty.
Thank you all so much for your support!  I hope you have a blessed week ahead.  I'd also LOVE to hear from you in the comments...I'll be totally looking for some adult conversation this week since my husband is away for business and I'm home with all little people under the age of 3 all week.  :-)

Win a FREE bottle of Baby Fresh Cleansing Spray! - CLOSED

Ok ladies, Facebook has come up with a laundry list of rules about in an effort to not get shut down, I am doing this next giveaway over here on the new blog instead. 

Starting today, Baby Fresh Cleansing Spray will ship FREE for the entire summer!  {U.S. Shipping only}  I'm so excited about this promotion because it will give so many of you the opportunity to try this amazing organic diaper changing spray!  Here's a little info about it:

Baby Fresh Cleanser is an 88% organic diaper changing spray cleanser developed by mom, Marli Sysum in Portland, OR. Baby Fresh Cleanser helps to eliminate the odor causing bacteria that using just wipes leaves behind and helps moms to wipe bums easier and cleaner! It then leaves a protective barrier on baby to help prevent future diaper rash. It will leave your baby feeling and smelling baby fresh!
Quality organic ingredients to help baby’s sensitive skin:
Aloe Barbadensis (organic Aloe) leaf Juice- It is nature’s finest body cleanser, helps to promote would healing and moisturizes and softens baby’s sensitive skin.
Kosher Vegetable Glycerin- It is derived from palm oil and has a soothing effect and acts as a natural protective agent against future diaper rash.
Tea tree oil-Has beneficial medical properties when applied topically, including antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral action, which aids in the cleaning of baby’s sensitive skin.
When you use Baby Fresh Cleanser during each diaper change, you will reduce the amount of wipes needed by 1-2 wipes. Let Baby Fresh Cleanser do all the work. With average use one 8 oz bottle of Baby Fresh Cleanser will last you 1- 1 1/2 months.  

So we're also doing a giveaway this week.  If you'd like to win a FREE bottle of Baby Fresh Cleanser to try out, here's how you can win:

1.  Become a fan on Facebook and leave a comment here to let us know!
2.  Become a follower of this blog and leave a comment here to let us know!

You don't have to do both, but if you do, make sure to leave a comment for each so that you DOUBLE the chances of winning.  Also, if you repost or tweet about this giveaway, leave a comment for extra entries as well.

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