Every time we sell a sweatshop-free made in the USA t-shirt through Skreened, we pledge to donate a dollar toward the cause of sustainable international development. Sadly, a number of supposedly “friendly” t-shirt brands made in third world countries turn out to actually be exploiting third world workers, and that’s why we source our shirts through transparent and regulated USA production. But we would like to see money flow to developing countries, and that’s where our international donations come in.
This month, we’ve made another donation to the Village Enterprise Fund. Unlike Kiva, which operates on the illusion of international assistance while running a high-interest usury scheme, the Village Enterprise Fund doesn’t work with micro-loans to small businessmen and businesswomen. Instead, it delivers micro-grants to poor people living in rural Kenya and Uganda. VEF gives the recipients an education in business practices while they use the microgrants start up their own small businesses. If you’re looking for a good cause to donate some money to, we recommend Village Enterprise Fund.