Total loan: $10,000


Pittsburgh, PA, United States / Retail

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A loan helped a soapmaker offer in-studio classes to empower new makers and generate sustainable revenue during seasonal retail fluctuations.

Eryn's story

I’m a first generation city woman, with nature in her heart. My grandparents had a farm on which they tended their land, leaving a strong impression on me despite growing up in a city. I would continuously find myself torn between the convenience of urban life and the call of the mountains. Living on the outside of both urban and rural lifestyles, I became a motivated mountain bike coach bringing new, urban cyclists to nature with a goal to create lifelong cyclists. Wilderness Medicine, Environmentalism and Bicycle Advocacy became the lens through which I would see everything and often this meant deconstructing and disassembling cultural expectations for women in leadership, sports, and health - building my own, rewarding trail - which would become Apothecary Muse. My first Kiva loan successfully financed my rebranding and I was able to carry that momentum towards the initial costs for a dedicated production studio outside my home. Now, I want to make it a third place for other, local makers to learn new crafts and understand a bit more about handmade businesses.