2019 FATHER’S DAY CARDS FOR A CAUSE

Father's Day Cards For A Cause by Atiliay.com

This Father’s Day Atiliay was able to fund 11 new microloans for dad entrepreneurs thanks to retail and wholesale cards for a cause orders! Atiliay is a give back paper goods company and every item is paired up with a non-profit–with every purchase a portion of proceeds is donated. For Father’s Day, I  wanted to create a way that we could help support fathers around the world. Since 2013, all cards for dads help to fund Kiva microloans that are lent to fathers around the world to help them grow their businesses, follow their dreams, and care for their families. To date, thanks to orders and repayments (when a loan is repaid, the funds are used to support another microloan), a total of 73 loans have been made in 36 different countries!

I wanted to introduce you to the 11 fathers and businesses we were able to support this Father’s Day:

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Photos courtesy of Kiva.org

From top to bottom, left to right:

The first 5 fathers I wanted to tell you about all have businesses in the service industry in different parts of the world.⁣⁣

Ali, 31, Nabatieh, Lebanon | Ali is a husband, father of 3, Syrian refugee, and owner of a business specializing in making stone displays and fences for houses. Ali will use this loan to buy supplies needed for his business including wood fencing, vinyl, composite, metal, and chain link wings. He is hardworking and always trying to develop his business and improve his living conditions.⁣⁣
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Ismail, 44, Jinja, Uganda | Ismail is a single father of 3 and a businessman operating a tailoring shop at a busy street in his town. He is using this loan to purchase cloth and a generator to help during power outages. In addition to being a tailor, he also owns a video hall in another city and recently started selling soft drinks to those who come to his hall to watch football. Ismail’s wife left (reason unknown) when their youngest child was just 6 months old and since then he has dedicated himself to raising them and working hard so that all his children can attend better schools.⁣⁣
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Amos, 43, Kakamega, Kenya | Amos is married to his wife, Robai, and together they have 6 children. He has been operating his motorcycle business for 5 years and earns an average of 9,000 KES a month (about $88 USD). This is the first loan he has applied to and would like to use the funds to enable him to service his motorcycle. With the profits he will earn, he plans to repay his loan and pay school fees for his children.⁣⁣

Sherali, 36, Kulob, Tajikistan | Sherali is married and a father of 3 children. He is described as responsible, capable, honest, and careful, He has run his carpentry business successfully for over 6 years. He manufactures doors, windows, benches, and national Tajik chairs called “cut”. He has many clients and loves his business very much. He plans to use the loan to purchase more wood to increase his income.⁣⁣

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Mashaka, early 30s, Lumumba-Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania | Mashaka has a barber shop is the married father of 2 children–1 boy and 1 girl–both of whom attend school. He opened his salon 10 years ago and is open from 8AM-9PM. He is applying for this loan to buy towels, combs, cutting machine, and chairs for his customers. His dream is to continue to grow and expand his business.

These next 3 fathers I’d like you to meet are all in the farming business:

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José, Ciudad El Triunfo, El Salvador | José is the father of 2 children and one of them is attending school. He has a life partner who devotes herself to taking care of the household. He studied up to 6th grade and has 22 years of experience doing agricultural work which he learned from his father. José is applying for this loan to buy agricultural supplies to plant grains, pay for labor, and pay rent for the land he cultivates. He dreams of improving his family’s quality of life.⁣

Nexhmedin, 51, Kosovo | Nexhmedin is married with 5 children. He is ambitious and works hard to provide for his family. His main occupation is cultivating wheat and corn to sell at the local market. In order to grow his business, Nexhmedin is requesting a loan to purchase fences for his agricultural land that will help preserve the product he farms. He is thankful to all the Kiva lenders for their support!⁣

Sovan, 29, Batambong, Cambodia | Sovan and his wife are farmers and together they have 3 children. They make a net income of 15 USD per day. He is requesting this loan to help with rice farming. He hopes this will help them expand their yield and improve his family’s life. Sovan loves his family and in the future wants to renovate his house and send all his children to school. Sovan sends thanks to the lenders for their support.⁣

And these final 3 dads we were able to fund loans for are all in retail:

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Issaka, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso | Issaka is the father of a 5 year old child and has been a merchant selling shoes for the past 3 years. He is requesting this loan to pay for 8 bags of rubber soled footwear and 10 bags of secondhand shoes. He plans to put what he earns back into the business and to save money to improve his family’s living conditions.⁣

Antando, SIGNOGHIN, Burkina Faso | Antando is married and the father of 9 children–the oldest is 28 and the youngest is 8. 9 children go to school and he has 12 dependents. He has been in the business of selling a variety of merchandise for the past 21 years. With this loan, he plans to buy fifteen 50 kg sacks of kola nuts and ten 100kg sacks of dates to resell. He will reinvest his profits back into his business. Antando’s goal is to become a wholesaler and better educate his children.⁣

Stephen, Thika, Kenya | Stephen is happily married and provides for his family by selling clothes. His business is successful and he is glad he is able to support his family. Stephen is seeking a loan so he can add more fashionable clothes to his shop and attract more customers. His dream is to build a bigger business and support his children.⁣

Thank you again to those of you who made this possible–I am looking forward to funding even more loans next Father’s Day!

SUMMER WORKSHOP CALENDAR

Southern CA Brush Lettering Workshops with Olivia of Atiliay.com

I’m excited to share the summer workshop calendar with you! It’s one of the best times to learn brush lettering because you have plenty of time to practice and get ready to use your new skill for the holidays! I’ll be teaching three part 1 classes and one part 2 class.


PART 1 COVERS ALL THE BASICS–the best tools to use, how to hold a brush pen, how to create basic strokes, how to make letters, and how to build words. You will receive 3 of my favorite brush pens for beginners, a workbook with worksheets, and different papers to try. After the class you will receive over 50 PDFs that you can print out at home to keep practicing and continue your lettering journey with as well as helpful links and resources.

PART 2 COVERS WAYS TO EMBELLISH AND DEVELOP YOUR LETTERING STYLE. In this workshop we go over how to create movement  or “bounce” in your letters, get started on adding “flourishes”, how to layout sentences or quotes, and we’ll also talk about developing your style. You’ll receive 3 new pens (different from the ones you get in the part 1 class), a workbook with worksheets, and a packet of paper. After the class you will receive PDFs and resources to help you as you continue your lettering journey.

Please note that basic knowledge of brush lettering is a prerequisite for the part 2 class–you should feel comfortable with the basics including lettering words–it doesn’t have to be perfect but you understand how to create the strokes and connect letters.  

I recommend taking part 1 before taking part 2 but if you are self taught or have taken another beginner’s lettering workshop or course, that is fine too! If you have any questions on whether this is the right class for you or not, please let me know and I’ll be happy to help! You can reach me at hello@atiliay.com.


Below is the current summer workshop calendar and you can also always find all the workshops and any new added dates here.

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JUNE 2019

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6/22/19 | BEGINNERS BRUSH LETTERING WORKSHOP - PART 1

Hosted by LG Collective at RunwayTrash / 4019 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814
10:30AM-12:15PM, Saturday, June 22nd
$65/person
SOLD OUT
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6/22/19 | BEGINNERS BRUSH LETTERING WORKSHOP - PART 2

Hosted by LG Collective at RunwayTrash / 4019 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814
1:15PM-3:00PM, Saturday, June 22nd
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6/23/19 | BEGINNERS BRUSH LETTERING WORKSHOP - PART 1

Hosted by The Potting Shed / 401 W Chapman Orange, CA 92866
10:30AM-12:15PM, Sunday, June 23rd
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JULY 2019

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7/13/19 | BEGINNERS BRUSH LETTERING WORKSHOP - PART 1

Hosted by Cottonwood Home / 1016 South Lawson St Suite B, City of Industry, CA 91748
10:30AM-1:15PM, Saturday, July 13th
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7/21/19 | BEGINNERS BRUSH LETTERING WORKSHOP - PART 1

Hosted by The Potting Shed / 401 W Chapman Orange, CA 92866
10:30AM-12:15PM, Sunday, July 21st
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7/27/19 | BEGINNERS BRUSH LETTERING WORKSHOP - PART 1

Hosted by LG Collective at RunwayTrash / 4019 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814
10:30AM-12:15PM, Saturday, July 27th

2019 MOTHER’S DAY CARDS FOR A CAUSE

Mother's Day Cards For A Cause by Atiliay.com

This Mother’s Day Atiliay was able to fund 4 new microloans for mom entrepreneurs thanks to retail and wholesale cards for a cause orders! In case this is the first time you are learning about how Atiliay gives back, every item is paired up with a non-profit and with every purchase a portion of proceeds is donated. For Mother’s Day, I  wanted to create a way for me and my customers to help moms around the world. Since 2017, all cards for moms help to fund Kiva microloans that are lent to mamapreneurs around the world to help them grow their businesses, reach their goals, and provide for their families. You can learn more about how the loans work in this Instagram post. To date, thanks to orders and repayments (when a loan is repaid, the funds are used to support another microloan), a total of 26 loans have been made in 15 different countries! I wanted to introduce you to the 4 mothers and businesses we were able to support this Mother’s Day:

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Photos courtesy of Kiva.org

From top to bottom, left to right:⁣

Catherine is a mother of 2 (one of her little ones joined her for this photo :)) and has a banana farm in Maua, Kenya. She requested a loan to purchase high quality seeds and fertilizer to improve her crops to keep up with modern techniques of farming. Using these items will help her increase her crop and increase her profit. Catherine works hard so that she can support her family and children and create a better life for them.⁣

Parvina is 36 years old and married with 2 children. She lives in Sarband, Tajikistan with her family. She is a seamstress of women’s clothes, national pillowcases, and bed sheets. These items are very popular and fashionable in Tajikistan–especially with brides who order the embroidered pillowcases and bed sheets. Parvina is using her loan to to buy fabrics for making embroidered pillowcases as they are a very profitable item at the market.

Erlina lives in Ajuy, Iloilo, Philippines with her husband and 4 children who are between the ages of 2 and 17. Erlina and her husband have been in the business of selling scrap materials for the past 8 years. She will be using this loan to buy more empty bottles, plastics, iron, and steel. Her dream is for her children to finish their studies and hopes to improve her business to help support her children’s education.⁣

Faaleleiga is 22 years old and lives in Faleasiu, Samoa with her 2 children and husband. She makes and sells Elei, a type of beautiful printed fabric, to earn a living. Faaleleiga will be using the loan to buy material, fabric paint, stencils, brushes, rollers, wooden carved designs, and a new cutter. She has had her Elei business for the past 2 years and uses her profits to pay for her family’s weekly expenses.⁣

I hope you enjoyed reading more about each of these mom entrepreneurs and learning about how Atiliay’s Mother’s Day cards for a card give back–and if you purchased a mom’s day card, you are the reason this is possible, THANK YOU!

PS: Father’s Day is coming up and those cards for a cause help to fund Kiva microloans for dad entrepreneurs! Stay tuned to read more about that and the fathers we are able to support!

MAY 2019 | MODERN BRUSH CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP RECAP

Thank you to LG Collective and RunwayTrashThe Potting Shed, and Oh Shiny Paper Co for hosting Beginners Brush Lettering Workshops throughout the month of May!

Workshops For A Cause: Each workshop seat helps to provide 25 meals for The Ebongalethu Educare Center Preschool & Nursery in Motherwell, South Africa
April workshops helped to provide 450 meals!
Thank you to every attendee who made this possible!

See below for photos and details about each workshop.


Are you interested in learning the art of brush lettering? I’d love to letter with you!

To view the current schedule, please head over to the Workshop Calendar.
To view more photos from previous workshops, please click here #atiliayworkshops.

Private workshops are also available!

If you have any questions, please send me an email at hello@atiliay.com.


5.11.19 | LG COLLECTIVE + RUNWAYTRASH | LONG BEACH

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I had the lovely opportunity to letter with new friends and help celebrate a birthday at this Beginners Brush Lettering Workshop! Thank you Lesley (Happy Birthday!), Patricia, Anna, Jesselle, Kelli, Neriah, Angie, Sarah, and Daniella for joining me and helping to provide meals! It was really wonderful getting to spend time with you and creating together—I hope our paths cross again in the future! It was also so awesome to help celebrate Lesley’s birthday (which was that actual day!) who came to the workshop with her mother, daughter, and sister–I thought that was so special to be able to have the whole family at this class! Thank you always to Lauree of LG Collective for hosting us at RunwayTrash!


5.19.19 | THE POTTING SHED | ORANGE

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Thank you Cristina, Alondra, Kim, Joshell, Sarah, and Shillane for joining me for a Sunday funday Beginners Brush Lettering Workshop at The Potting Shed! I had a wonderful time getting to know you and really appreciate the opportunity to get to letter together. You all did a great job (so don’t be too hard on yourselves ;))—I know this is only the beginning of your lettering journey! Thank you always to Jack for hosting us in his gorgeous space at The Potting Shed!


5.27.19 | OH SHINY PAPER CO | SAN GABRIEL

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Thank you Lisa, Anna, and Meagan for joining me this past weekend for a beginners brush lettering workshop at Oh Shiny Paper Co! One of the things I’m really glad we talked about during our time together was the idea of not feeling discouraged! I totally get it because I was actually discouraged before I even picked up a pen–I used to think that lettering was beautiful but too hard and not something I could do. The first time I did pick up a brush pen, it looked NOTHING like what I was seeing on Instagram and no matter what I did, it seemed like I couldn’t get the strokes right! But after discovering different brush pens, figuring how to hold the pen correctly, learning the basic strokes, and really dedicating time to practice, I started to see an improvement!⁣

I’ve been lettering for almost 4 years now and I am so glad I didn’t throw in the towel! And I think it’s totally normal to get discouraged from time to time, but don’t let that stop you, no matter where you are on your lettering journey–keep going! Everyone has to start somewhere, everyone has to make that first shaky upstroke. Continue to practice and hone your craft, you will definitely see yourself grow and improve!⁣

I had a wonderful time with you ladies and it made me so happy to hear some of you say you were feeling inspired at the end of the workshop! And thank you also for helping me provide meals for little ones at The EEC Preschool & Nursery.


If you are interested in joining me for a workshop, click here to view the workshop calendar for upcoming dates!

If you’d like to host a private workshop or have any questions, please feel free to email me at hello(at)atiliay.com.
I am happy to help and hope to letter with you soon!

APRIL 2019 | MODERN BRUSH CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP RECAP

This was a fun month of workshops! I taught a part 1 and a part 2 class and returned to teach at Penelope Lane Boutique! Thank you to Cottonwood Home, Penelope Lane Boutique, and The Potting Shed for being amazing hosts and having us in your lovely spaces!

Workshops For A Cause: Each workshop seat helps to provide 20 meals for The Ebongalethu Educare Center Preschool & Nursery in Motherwell, South Africa
April workshops helped to provide 420 meals!
Thank you to every attendee who made this possible!

See below for photos and details about each workshop.


Are you interested in learning the art of brush lettering? I’d love to letter with you!

To view the current schedule, please head over to the Workshop Calendar.
To view more photos from previous workshops, please click here #atiliayworkshops.

Private workshops are also available!

If you have any questions, please send me an email at hello@atiliay.com.


4.7.19 | COTTONWOOD HOME | CITY OF INDUSTRY / ROWLAND HEIGHTS

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Thank you Marilyn, Rhea, Sandra, and Briana for joining me at this Sunday Funday workshop! This was such a wonderful group and I loved that we all had a chance to truly make a connection with one another. Everyone was open to learning something new, making new friends, and having fun! A special thank you to Kari for hosting us in her lovely space and for the yummy refreshments! PS: I was really excited to hear that Rhea had been following me on Instagram and she recently moved from up north to Los Angeles so was finally able to take a workshop! How awesome is that?? It was very special to me!


4.14.19 | PENELOPE LANE BOUTIQUE | LONG BEACH

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I was excited to be back teaching at Penelope Lane Boutique! PLB is a pop up modern craft show featuring local makers, artists, musicians, and more. I got to set up on stage in one of the rooms to host 2 workshops that day! Thank you Nicole, Michelle, David, Muhammad, Taylor, and Sheryl for joining me during the morning session! What I love about brush lettering workshops is that it brings people together of all different backgrounds and ages thanks to our shared interest of art and typography. Everyone did such a great job and it was so much fun getting to know you!  A big thank you to Stephanie for all her hard work putting this how show together and coordinating everything!


4.14.19 | PENELOPE LANE BOUTIQUE | LONG BEACH

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I got to spend my afternoon with Bonnie, Ashley, Connie, Amy, Valerie, Ashley, Mai, and Regina for the second brush lettering workshop of the day! A special thank you to Vanessa who came to a workshop last month and told Ashley about it and it was so nice to meet Regina in real life since we had been messaging on IG :) Thank you for joining me and I hope you had as much fun as I did!


4.28.19 | THE POTTING SHED | ORANGE

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This was my first time teaching a part 2 workshop at The Potting Shed! It was great seeing Theresa, Carrie, and Debra again and watching them add on to their lettering! It’s really such a joy to be able to see their lettering journey and be a part of it. We had such great conversation and had the chance to get into all the details and nuances that come with growing your lettering skills and developing your style. Thank you for joining me for the second time and I hope our paths cross again in the future! PS: Jeannie and Gabby, you ladies were missed but I hope to see you very soon!


If you are interested in joining me for a workshop, click here to view the workshop calendar for upcoming dates!

If you’d like to host a private workshop or have any questions, please feel free to email me at hello(at)atiliay.com.
I am happy to help and hope to letter with you soon!