Crowd-funded loan program lends boost to Louisville startups

A micro loan non-profit is teaming up with Louisville organizations to help small businesses in the community.

Sandra Perry, owner of Honest Home, can be found in her NuLu storefront leafing through books of non-toxic wallpaper and organizing the many varieties of sustainable flooring options.
In business for more than a year, Perry got to the point where she hit a ceiling. In order to grow and expand, she would need support.

So she turned to Kiva.org, a non-profit crowd-funded loan service for small business owners. It was there that she shared the sustainable mission of Honest Home and asked complete strangers to make a small investment.

What she got was $5,000 and a community of supporters.

Its stories like this that have encouraged Kiva officials in San Francisco to reach out to city leaders and partner with Louisville organizations. According to Kiva's Jonny Price, it's one of nine partner cities that they call Kiva Zip.

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