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Growing up, Elmer’s favorite place to eat was the local pizzeria. Before he was old enough to work, Elmer knew he wanted to “throw” pizzas for a living. Elmer started out working at larger pizza chains and was able to work his way up to superb local pizzerias. Elmer quickly learned the skills and techniques and became a pizzaiolo, specializing in carefully crafting pizzas.

Elmer’s work ethic comes from his motivation to provide for himself and his family. As a teenager working in pizza shops, his hard work meant independence and the ability to start a new life. Today, Elmer is ready to take his experience and passion and start his own business, Coney Island Pizzeria.

The pizzeria has seen five previous owners in the last four years, but Elmer is determined to create a lasting community pizzeria. Coney Island Pizzeria reopened March 1, and Elmer is already starting to establish quality relationships with customers and new regulars.

For Elmer, making pizza is a labor of love. His passion is creating quality pizza using the best ingredients, and his goal is to create a safe and fun community pizzeria for families. Over the last 15 years, Elmer has developed arthritis in his hands. Although very painful, it didn't stop him from doing what he loves to do and achieving his dreams.

A loan through Kiva will enable Elmer to create a welcoming and comfortable environment for his guests. It will also allow him to finish necessary renovations and updates to breathe new life into the pizzeria. Elmer hopes to one day expand his pizzeria to other locations and share his commitment to building positive, fun restaurants in the community.

After making a loan, make sure to buy a pizza from this local hotspot: www.coneyislandpizzeria.com

About United States

  • $47,000
    Average annual income
  • 18
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  • $11,097,050
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD
Paying Back

This loan has been fully funded!

A loan of $10,000 helped Elmer to pay for renovations and updates to his pizzeria.
61% repaid
Repayment Term
38 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Feb 28, 2013
Listed
Apr 1, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A