From Soul Food to Empanadas: A Weekend of Bay Area Small Businesses

Check out some inspiring San Francisco Kiva borrowers right here in our backyard. Let’s celebrate our community of hard working entrepreneurs and local leaders. With a 96% repayment success rate in San Francisco, Kiva Zip loans support Bay Area businesses with 0% interest loans up to $10,000:


Amine | Soul Food City

Amine owns a soul food restaurant in the Tenderloin district. Rumor has it Amine’s restaurant is a hidden treasure for authentic soul food. Lend $25 to help Amine purchase large refrigerators, create menus in other languages and buy food in bulk for online deliveries.


Igor | Grand Burger

Igor wants to bring jobs to his South San Francisco neighborhood. He has ambitions to start the hippest burger joint in the neighborhood! Lend $25 to support Igor’s restaurant.


Paula | Chile Lindo

Paula brings Chile’s country-style home cooking to the Mission district. Come and get your empanadas, pan amasado (homemade bread) and dulces chilenos (pastries) made to order! Lend $25 to help Paula expand her business.


Chris | Chris James Construction

Chris improves the buildings where people live, work and shop in the Tenderloin. Chris is making noticeable neighborhood improvements, including lifting an entire building with a pulley system to make room for 6 kitchens! Lend $25 to help Chris purchase equipment and get his General Contractor licence.

Get to know Kiva Zip borrowers in your neighborhood, and you can help expand access to capital through character based lending. Boost a small business owner in a Kiva City near you today!

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Posted by Meagan Le, Community Support Intern

Sep 11, 2015

Meagan is a San Francisco native who grew up navigating the city on Muni when bus fare was only 35-cents. In her community support role, she enjoys interacting with the lender community and providing educational tools for effectively engaging with Kiva's website. In these exchanges, Meagan loves showcasing that human connection is at the core of Kiva's work. The opportunity to cultivate these relationships with lenders and local entrepreneurs inspires her work at Kiva.

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