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Junkgirls, Llc Group
In this Group: Melissa , Jennifer
The Junk Girls was founded in 2009 and born out of a combination of Art Therapy for Jenny and Melissa’s love for all things handmade. After our 18+ years working in corporate that include Netflix and eBay, our vision is to put our collective skill sets together and do something meaningful that would make a difference for both us and others. We believe that everything has value, no matter how damaged it is, and we enjoy giving new life to things that might otherwise be overlooked or thrown away, which, as a metaphor, fits our lives perfectly.

We are Social Entrepreneurs that work within the emerging new industrial revolution of Makers/Do It Yourself Micro-Manufacturing. Considered innovators by many, we are utilizing our background in art & design to create inventive ways to repurpose what some call junk into beautiful art, jewelry and home décor products, while enabling ourselves and others to heal during and by this process.

The manufacturing of our metal stamped products is done 100% by hand. This is our number one area of growth, with our retailers requesting higher product volume than we can supply. By automating the process we can build product at least 4-5 times faster to meet the market demand. A KIVA loan will help us with the first round of tools used in building the metal stamping automation process.

Additional Information

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.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.


About United States

  • $54,800
    Average annual income
  • 29
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  • $12,266,150
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD
Paying Back

This loan has been fully funded!

A portion of Junkgirls, Llc Group's $9,975 loan helped a member to purchase the first round of tools used in building the metal stamping automation process and producing to meet market demand.
26% repaid
Repayment Term
62 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 16, 2014
Jan 24, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss: