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Total loan: $6,500

Kirah

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Kapaa, HI, United States / Agriculture

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A loan helped a women owned business expand and market our freshly grown products.


Kirah's story

We are a small-scale farm specializing in growing and producing specialty items. Hard to source but has great health benefits and satisfies unique cravings and palettes. Our farm is run by our “‘ohana” = family.  We were inspired to grow our own food from the local farmers' markets. During the pandemic, our food supply was affected. We realized that living on an island we import a large percentage of our food and supplies.  We started growing our own food to know where our food was coming from. Now that we are successful, we’d like to expand and add to our community of farmers and ranchers on Kaua’i by providing fresh, local, organic produce and specialty item options for our community. We are excited to be able to share and will be donating to our local food distribution hubs around the island. We have papaya starters, soursop, and areca palms we will be donating to the community. I was born and raised here in Kauai. My husband moved here at age 8 from California and made Kaua’i his home. Both our backgrounds in finance, insurance, and construction gave us zero experience in farming. We started our farm from scratch, just slowly buying supplies and equipment to get things going. Now that we can produce microgreens successfully, we’d like to expand the operation to be able to produce more fresh value-added products and produce. We have been giving all our products to family and friends to enjoy for a few months and we are now ready to market our products. Advertise with materials, social media platforms, and promotional events. Our ultimate goal is to move to large-scale farming and ranching at some point so we can be sustainable in all areas of food production for families and our community.