Today in My History
I Gotta Get a New Hobby
Finding the Bare Bones
Me Once, Shame on You
'Tis the Season
What Was I Thinking?
The Heck with PETA
Better Than Aspirin
Things I Like
Away the Hours
Long Road Home
Misty Water-Colored Memories
Ned's Criminal Past
Why I do this
A Simple Jam
Thunder Down Under
From Davis to Boston
Damn that DMV Anyway
Books Read in 2022
"State of Terror"
by Clinton & Penny
Bev's 65 x 365
Books Read in 2022
Books Read in 2021
Books Read in 2020
Books Read in 2019
Books Read in 2018
Books Read in 2017
Books Read in 2016
Books Read in 2015
Books Read in 2014
Books Read in 2013
Books Read in 2012
Books Read in 2011
Books Read in 2010
Some Background Links:
The Philosophy of Juice
The story of Delicate Pooh
The story of the PiŮata Group
Who IS this Gilbert person anyway?
mail to Walt
mail to Bev
4 April 2022
I have made a new loan through
Kiva. I always donate to women and usually
women in some African country. (I have a herd of cattle somewhere in Africa!)
I try to loan to women who are in the countries where I sponsor kids through
Kiva is now loaning to borrowers in the United
States, so I chose Kellie, in Iowa this time.
Here is her story:
Iím an Iowan. I wasnít raised
on a farm, but lots of my family members and friends were farmers. So, farm
culture is ingrained in me. From a young age, I watched my grandma and
great-grandma cook Sunday dinners and became entranced. Everyone gardened
every summer. We spent days preserving the harvests. I shucked a lot of corn
and snapped a lot of beans. We also raised chickens to be used for food.
Doing all of this was a group effort, so it takes a village, as they say.
Today, the smell of pickling, especially cucumbers and beets takes me right
back there to all of it.
What Iím doing with this business is taking that heritage and bringing it to
a shop where I can share it with everyone. So many people are now interested
in fermenting and canning. They can visit me and ask questions, as well as
buy my products. I'm also feeding people my food, which is another passion
My business is a small
restaurant with a retail area. I make vegan wraps and soups, as well as hot
sauces, jams, and other fermented and pickled items. I'm located inside
NewBo City Market, which is an incubator space for new start-up businesses,
many of which are food-based, but also include some retail and service
shops. Last spring, I found myself unhappy and in a job that was no longer a
good fit for me. I had been making various jams for friends when it was
suggested to me that I start my own business. I was ready to be my own boss.
I quickly put together a business plan, with the help of a mentor, and
approached NewBo City Market for a space. I left my job and dove head-first
into putting everything I had into the new business. Soon after, I was
painting and getting the space ready for my new restaurant!
Here is the link to her web
More than 1.7 billion people around the world are unbanked and canít access
the financial services they need. Kiva is an international nonprofit,
founded in 2005 in San Francisco, with a mission to expand financial access to
help underserved communities thrive.
We do this by crowdfunding loans and unlocking capital for the underserved,
improving the quality and cost of financial services, and addressing the
underlying barriers to financial access around the world. Through Kiva's work,
students can pay for tuition, women can start businesses, farmers are able to
invest in equipment and families can afford needed emergency care.
By lending as little as $25 on Kiva, you can be part of the solution and make a
real difference in someoneís life.
100% of every dollar you lend on Kiva
goes to funding loans.
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