Total loan: $4,000
Laceys Spring, AL, United States / Agriculture
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A loan helped a small farm buy equipment and supplies to bring fresh produce to a rural area.
Corey and I are the co-owners of Mojo Farm, where Corey manages all of the farm activities and I oversee business operations. Corey and I met in New Orleans; he was a cook at a French restaurant and I was running an entrepreneurship nonprofit. We bonded over our love for food and travel and two years later, we moved to France together where I was a student. While in France, Corey worked at a goat farm and discovered his love for farming. He was inspired by the idea of a "ferme auberge" or a restaurant that is supplied exclusively by its own farm. I work in community development where I support small entrepreneurs grow their businesses (with resources like Kiva!), so I was always ready to dive into any new business idea. When COVID hit, we had to leave France and landed in my hometown of Huntsville, AL. The unexpected move was a challenge until we decided to use it as an opportunity. Corey expanded his experience by getting a job at a local farm and managed their CSA program. I finished my degree from home and eventually continued working in the entrepreneurship and community development space. After learning about USDA Rural Development loans, we bought our first home with plans to start our business. Combining Corey's farm experience with my business know-how, we are launching Mojo Farm to provide fresh and unique produce, free range eggs and events to the community.