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Kristelle is a 22-year-old entrepreneur who has always dreamed of being her own boss and running her own business. With her strong sense of independence and drive to always be ahead of the game, she has pushed herself to this next big step. A few months ago, she woke up one Monday morning and felt stuck. She had graduated from college, landed her first full-time job, and was making OK money, but something just did not seem right. She thought it over and over and discovered that her job was not fulfilling her needs of what she had set out to do.

Growing up, all she had ever dreamed of was being able to help people and somehow working there was not fueling her dream. That was when Creative Kids Zone LLC was born. She had previously been a private tutor throughout high school and college and loved being able to help students who were struggling. Per Kristelle, “The reactions on student’s faces were priceless, especially when the student was able to understand the lesson. I remembered back to the days where I had once been ecstatic to go to work because I was helping others. Thus I conjoined my love for helping others and my experience in tutoring and Creative Kids Zone LLC was born.”

She is looking for a $9,000 microloan for the working capital she needs for her startup

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More information about this loan

This loan is part of the Kiva City Los Angeles initiative in partnership with the Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Small Business and VEDC (Valley Economic Development Center). Kiva City Los Angeles is a subset of Kiva City, a program that allows Kiva lenders to make microloans to small businesses in the United States with the help of community organizations and U.S. Field Partners.  

Important Information

Valley Economic Development Center (VEDC) is a non-profit community development financial institution and the largest provider of loans for small businesses and micro-entrepreneurs in the Greater Los Angeles area. In addition to loans, it offers extensive training opportunities, workshops, consulting and small business support services.

About United States

  • $54,800
    Average annual income
  • 17
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  • $12,447,625
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $9,000 helped Kristelle to pay for rent, marketing, business insurance and other office expenses.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
38 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 26, 2013
Apr 29, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 17, 2015