I was already familiar with Kiva.org but didn't realize that they were now funding entrepreneurs closer to home. As a small business owner, I know how difficult it can be to start up a company. I think this community supported type of financing is such a cool idea. Find a product or project you believe in, support it financially, and get your money back. It's as simple as that!
I was especially impressed with the Taste of Kiva Zip event because there were so many gluten-free businesses displaying their products. I think more than half were actually gluten-free! These businesses were funded thanks to the microfinance loans through KivaZip. The money raised helped them to launch their businesses or move it into the next level of product. The producers were grateful and very friendly. I was happy to meet and eat!
Please help support these small gluten-free businesses by visiting their websites and purchasing their products!
|Nuts+Nuts, a farm-direct Indonesian Roasted Cashew Company|
|itskale: baked kale and chia seed chips|
|Hernan Mole Pipian|
NOTE: only this version of their mole is gluten-free!
|Hernan Mexican Hot Chocolate|
|Little Luna Cookies from 8 Bit Bakeshop|
|Ka-Pow Veggie Jamz|
Note, many of these products are made in shared facilities or incubator kitchens. I spoke to each producer to explain I was celiac and not just eating gluten-free by choice. It is up to you if you feel comfortable eating these products.
Are you interested in helping a gluten-free company build their business through a microfinance loan on KivaZip? Help Yummy Mummy Cupcakery, a gluten-free and vegan bakery, reach her goal by lending money today! https://zip.kiva.org/loans/14952