A loan of $15,000 helps to expand into the Midwest with regional and national chains advertising in-store and online.


Kyung's story

My favorite sauce growing up and to this day is the Korean hot sauce gochujang. When I moved to Minnesota over 10 years ago, I missed my mom's version of her sauce. My pastor, who had the idea of a Korean hot sauce like Sriracha, encouraged me to start a business to share Korean flavors with a hot sauce. Initially hesitant, I saw that this business brought together my passions for Korean food and community impact. Six years ago, I launched K-Mama Sauce based on my mother’s gochujang recipe. We started off at farmers markets, and now it sells at local Targets, Whole Foods, co-ops, on Amazon, and our own website. Right from the beginning, our core values were to provide a delicious and highest quality sauce (vegan, GF, MSG free), treat our staff humanely, and designate 30% of all corporate profit to my church’s ministries like affordable housing, permanent agriculture, and job-training skills. While the sauce is traditionally used in Korean dishes it may be used on all types of food!


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It helps a repeat Kiva borrower take their business to the next level.

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About K-Mama Sauce

Industry: Food
Years in operation: More than 5 years
Website: kmamasauce.com

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Repayment schedule

*This loan is impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and your support is needed more than ever. Repayments may be delayed or lower than expected.

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Repayment schedule

*This loan is impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and your support is needed more than ever. Repayments may be delayed or lower than expected.