Let me tell you my Kiva story:
Last fall, my daughter told me about a friend of hers, Jimmy, who had a great idea to start a Vietnamese food truck. His story was on the Kiva site. I had such fun reading about his dream of starting a business.
People with ideas and the motivation to work hard to achieve them have always fascinated me!
So, it was not a hard decision for me to take out my credit card and make a small loan through the Kiva site.
I enjoyed watching Jimmy’s account grow over the next few weeks and was excited when I got the email that he achieved his goal of $5,000. Since then, I have received an email each month from Kiva to let me know that Jimmy is paying back his loan and Kiva is returning money to my lending account.
A few months later, I took some of the money Jimmy had paid back to me and loaned it to another entrepreneur: a woman in Louisville who is raising good bugs … ones that growers can put in their greenhouses to keep the bad bugs away. Again, I had fun watching her achieve her funding goal.
Then we brought Kiva to Corydon! Debi and Ron Fredericks quickly raised $5,000 through Kiva to remodel Fredericks Cafe .They had a great idea of moving the big bar from the front room to make additional seating for 15 happy customers. This will allow them to add to their staff and will increase revenue by $750/week.
As I write this blog, our talented young entrepreneurs, Taylor Johnson and Tyler Best, are raising $5,000 for their new technology business in downtown Corydon. They have received 46 micro-loans from people all over the world.
Why not join in the fun?
Encourage these entrepreneurs today: https://zip.kiva.org/loans/14730/i/1x3s
Shine on Corydon!