WHO: Nest & Circle Boutique
WHAT: “Shop to Save the World” Event & Open Bar Happy Hour
(Suggested $5 donation at the door)
WHEN: Thursday, April 10th
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
WHERE: Circle Boutique
1736 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC
WHY: Circle Boutique will donate 15% of all purchases to Nest to fund micro-credit loans to women entrepreneurs in developing countries.
Nest supports women artists and artisans in the developing world by helping them create sustainable entrepreneurial businesses through micro-credit loans. Loan recipients use these small loans to cover overhead costs – like the materials necessary to begin or maintain art or craft-based businesses. The funds for these loans are generated by selling a unique line of clothing, accessories and merchandise for the home produced exclusively for Nest by a group of artists and designers. In addition to these exclusive items, the recipients of Nest loans in developing countries make their crafts available as repayment for the micro-credit loans. In this way, Nest draws together artists from across the globe to form a cooperative network with a shared vision of mutual support – changing the world, one purchase at a time.
Circle Boutique offers fresh, modern styles from up-and-coming designers in a friendly and fun atmosphere. Circle Boutique is the brainchild of two corporate gals with one thing in common – an eye for, and love of fashion. In the summer of 2004, Rosana Vollmerhausen and Dinah Simpson left the stability of corporate life to fulfill their passion by opening Circle Boutique, a men’s and women’s accessories and clothing store. In an effort to give back to the community that supports their success, Circle Boutique hosts quarterly sales and special events for local nonprofits.