Thursday, January 15, 2015

'Small-batch production - knowing where food is made and who made it.'

Nice new Wall Street Journal article on specialty food processing.  ‘Between the lines’, it’s clear that the world needs professional, small-batch, regional, food processing capacities. 

“The specialty food business is booming. The National Association for the Specialty Food Trade says the sector hit a record $88.3 billion in sales in 2013, and continued to grow in 2014. The association attributed the sector’s popularity to “growing concern” among consumers about sustainability and health, as well as increased interest in “small-batch production”—knowing where food is made and who made it."

Wall Street Journal article,  Food 'Accelerators' and the $10 Bag of Pasta"  

Friday, January 09, 2015

My KIVA loan map

This is the map of my Kiva loans to date.

Micro lending to entrepreneurs at home and worldwide is easy with Kiva.

Use this link to learn more:  KIVA

My current KIVA portfolio:

79 loans.  56 countries.

72% Female.    28% male.

85% - 90% invested in food related enterprises.

Current repayment rate is 100%

If you want to make a difference to the lives of entrepreneurs in the U.S. and around the world, here's a great way to start.  You make small loans (a little as $25) to entrepreneurs of your choosing, that are gathered up with other lenders to make the full loan.  Risk is spread and deals get done.

Kiva makes it easy to make a difference.