Traveler Sarah ventured to Moldova as part of a global pharmacy program with her university. When she wasn’t learning in the lab, she was learning out in the fresh Moldovan air.
As a country filled with fertile soils and a culture closely tied to the land, Moldova puts the "culture" back into its agriculture. Local wine, nutty pastries and fresh fruit fill the streets…and Sarah Mol’dove in head first.
In hopes of furthering the connection with this culture, Sarah set out to find fabric to create a Moldova Tote that would provide micro loans to people in Moldova. And it only felt right for this tote to support the family farms keeping this agri'culture alive.
Microloan recipient Anatonie will use his microloan to make improvements on his vineyard in hopes of a better harvest for local wine production. Gheorghe will transition from soil-degrading corn crops to soil-building walnut trees which are used throughout Moldovan cuisine.
After having Mol’dova the fabric options, Sarah found this fabric filled with patterns used in traditional Moldovan dress which perfectly represents Moldova’s culture as a whole.
Here’s to putting the culture back in agriculture and to feeling good—because after all, it’s Friday!
-Jack & Alley, Co-Founders
(1-4) Scenes of Moldova by Traveler Sarah Shockley. (5) (6) Photos of Kiva microloan recipients.
Traveler Tim recently visited one of his favorite places in the world, a small village near Bamako, Mali.
Back in 2017, Tim helped open a middle school with a foundation called Mali Rising, which focuses on building schools in remote areas to spread education to the youth.
He has traveled back multiple times to visit the school (which was named in honor of him) and recently visited again to attend the wedding of his best friend's daughter.
The stories and pictures that Tim shared with us were INCREDIBLE..and they reminded us of our favorite things to do while traveling.
Traveler Matthew recently traveled to Taipei, Taiwan to visit his cousin.
The trip left him feeling bubbly since there were plen-tea of amazing things to do.
From going on a wok in the park