Amy Lambert lives in Texas, works for a big company, and cares about virtually unknown small business in San Francisco's traditionally underserved Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood. The common thread is Kiva Zip, the global effort to bring crowd-funded business financing to socially impactful and underserved small businesses in places like Bayview.
In Bayview Footprints Local News, Amy reported about Kiva Zip's activities in the neighborhood.
Among the entrepreneurs and groups Ziva Zip has helped are Cristina from Hey Boo who took out loan in October to attend a food exhibition, and Macio from Lyons Transportation and Logistics Corp. who raised funds in September to purchase fuel, maintenance supplies, and cleaning for his business equipment. Teresa at Old Skool Café hired a Chef last April. Kathryn from Feve Artisan Chocolatier bought a stove. And Earl, from Earl's Breads just funded a loan for the purchase of a new oven and equipment to increase his bread production. Each loan was for $5,000.
Other organizations in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood are launching partnerships with Kiva Zip to further expand economic development in their community including Quesada Gardens Initiative, All Good Pizza, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, the Bayview YMCA, Osiris Coalition, Andrea Baker Consulting, and Bayview Merchants Association.