Kiva Lending Team: Slow Money Hawaii
We loan because...
We want to nurture small food and farm businesses on all the Hawaiian Islands, helping them to strengthen our local food systems and, as a result, the soil of our precious agricultural lands and the culture of our islands. Hawaii depends upon imports for 80-90% of our food supply which, in the case of a tsunami, hurricane or earthquake that closes our ports, could easily be disrupted. Helping these businesses obtain "friendly capital" to help them start-up or grow, is key to increasing our local food production, distribution and processing infrastructure.
We help our communities thrive by bringing Hawaii entrepreneurs together with other residents who can make a modest loan to improve the aina (land), the supply of wholesome locally grown food, and to preserve our rural Hawaii landscapes.
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John received a loan from Mary which helps us to hire our first employee, design a website with an online store and help fund a company vehicle.
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