Today, get an extra $25 to lend when you make your first Kiva loan.
Total loan: $10,000
Kailua Kona, HI, United States / Arts
Flag of United States
Mattie's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!
A loan helped me to scale production by giving me the capital to put the security deposit on a larger space, purchase equipment and hire an additional employee in turn, enabling me to upcycle a larger quantity of plastics.
I grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii in a small mountain town known as Holualoa. From a young age, both creativity and nature were two of the biggest constants in my life. I have always loved my environment, from the mountain to the sea, and over the years have watched it slowly degrade due to our own careless and wasteful activities. I still live on the Big Island where recycling programs are small and our landfills are filling rapidly. Inspired to put both my creative and environmental passions to the test, I got to work on what I considered one solution to the problem: upcycling. As my business has grown from street fairs to wholesale and corporate accounts my success in creating a change in people's perspectives about what we throw away has been as rewarding as having a successful business and being able to work for myself. I am excited to see where this journey takes me.