Since starting my Mandala Yoga Mat business I have realized how hard it is to start up a small grass roots company. And with the economy right now, it is even more difficult than 2 years ago.
There have been many hurdles over this past year but the rewards have been wonderful. I love hearing how much fellow yogis are enjoying these mats and how it enhances their yoga practice and/or teaching. That was the reason for creating the mat; to help people create a more unique and individual practice.
I have learned first hand how unethical other businesses can be, when they work with you and then push you aside to take your idea all for the sake of making more money on their end. I have always tried to buy from the smaller company who came up with an idea rather than going to the bigger store to get an extra $5 off the item. And I have seen over and over again that there are many of you that do the same thing.
So I have decided to take a portion of every mat I sell and give it to a someone who is in need of startup money to create or build their business. www.kiva.org is an organization that helps out people who are trying to make it on their own but are in need of a loan. Mandala Yoga Mat plans on taking a portion of each mat that is sold and lending the money to these small business owners. When the loan is paid back we will then turn around and lend it someone else within that organization.
So please know that when you buy your mat from us not only will you be supporting the small company that originated the Round Yoga Mat but you will also be helping someone else who is trying to create and/or build their business and livelihood as well.
Once we make a loan to someone on www.kiva.org I will keep you updated on how they are doing. You can check my blog for those updates. The loans usually are over a 6 - 12 month period but they do give you updates on how these entrepreneurs are doing.
Thank you for helping make a difference in someone’s life. Every little bit helps.