Total loan: $6,000


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Naalehu, HI, United States / Agriculture

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Kelly's story

My background is dotted with many experiences and events that I used to consider tragedies. An abusive childhood, divorces, drug addiction and single motherhood are part of the tapestry. Today I see these events as boulders in the stream of life directing me to NOW and being who I am in this place and time. Education by way of experience is priceless. Getting up again after falling down is how I grew, its how I got to now. I actually arrived on the island for a 10 day vacation and never left. I managed the B&B for a year, increased occupancy by 1500%, and then I bought it. The month before I took possession Pele (2018 Kilauea eruption) decided to change the face of the island forever and brought me to this moment. The nut business was near the end of our five year plan. It became our lifeline. Big Island Macadamia Nut Company was born here on the grounds of our consecutive award winning bed and breakfast by a force of nature. The response to the product we provide is incredible. More than 500 guests have joined a waiting list for our above organic nuts. This has become our number one business focus with the B&B helping it grow. Passionate about alternative medicine and holistic healing arts, being able to offer a product as pure and natural as these macadamia nuts fills me with gratitude. It also allowed me to reconnect with my family on a whole new level. How does it get any better than this?