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Sheena was always passionate for her grandmother’s Southern-style cooking that she enjoyed growing up in Alabama. In 2012, she and her husband, Chris, channeled that passion into starting Southern Belle’s Smokehouse, located in Bloomfield, New Jersey.

Sheena and Chris are proud to cater to their tightknit community. They are forming partnerships with local universities, so that they can offer their students the genuine, southern, home-cooked dining experience that is hard to find in New Jersey.

Love, care and her grandmother’s inspiration go into every one of Sheena’s recipes. Her goal is to open new locations throughout the country, but for now, she plans to use her loan to purchase food inventory to set up her breakfast menu, so that she can break into a new target market.

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This loan is part of the Kiva City Newark initiative in partnership with the Intersect Fund. Kiva City Newark is a subset of Kiva City, a program that allows Kiva lenders to make microloans to small businesses in the United States with the help of community organizations and U.S. Field Partners.

About The Intersect Fund

The Intersect Fund (IF) is a rapidly growing, nonprofit microlender and a certified Community Development Financial Institution that equips entrepreneurs in low-income areas of New Jersey with the skills and capital they need to build profitable businesses. Since inception, the organization has served more than 500 entrepreneurs. Kiva lenders’ funds are used to impact an even greater number of entrepreneurs in New Jersey and help them boost their incomes.

About United States

  • $54,800
    Average annual income
  • 14
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    United States Loans Fundraising
  • $12,909,200
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $4,300 helped Sheena to purchase food inventory to expand Southern-style restaurant's breakfast menu.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
21 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 9, 2013
Oct 18, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 20, 2015