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Total loan: $5,000
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Shaun

United States
Portland, United States / Food Production/Sales

A loan of $5,000 helped purchase 2000 lbs of organic chilies, which will allow me to produce 4540 bottles of hot sauce.


Shaun's story

I began my farmwork at Nash's, in Sequim, WA. At the time, I thought it was just one more in a string of odd jobs that had kept me traveling about the western states throughout my 20s. Then I took a second internship, at Mountain Home Farm, in Orleans, CA, and began to learn more about food, nutrition and the connection between agriculture and the wider environment. One year turned into three, and I grew into the roll of farm manager. I loved farming, and was grateful to be able to provide a needed resource for a large number of people. I struggled however, to find adequate housing in such a rural area, and was unable to come to a long term lease agreement with the landowner.

I moved to Portland, but was unable to leave my farming life completely, deciding to use the resources available to me in a city to launch a business based on sharing a value added farm product. To keep my costs low as I started this endeavor, I spent my first summer building a small cottage in a friend's backyard. Using old pallets and other recycled materials, I was able to construct a simple dwelling that offers an economical homebase for my new business.



Loan details

Loan length:

24 months
Disbursed date: July 21, 2013
Endorsed by Trustee: Mercy Corps Northwest
Risk rating: Unrated

About Hot Winter

Industry: Food
Years in operation: 1 year - 3 years
Website: hotwinterhotsauce.com

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Loan details

Loan length:

24 months
Disbursed date: July 21, 2013
Endorsed by Trustee: Mercy Corps Northwest
Risk rating: Unrated