Trustee: Team Etsy Little Rock

Little Rock, AR

Why are you interested in becoming a Trustee?
We (myself and my co-leaders, Brandi Jennings and Lindsey Powers) believe in Kiva's mission and know that any local Etsy artist will be able to take their Etsy business to the next level with the help of a Kiva Zip loan.
What is the mission of your organization?
Etsy Little Rock is an Etsy team. Teams is a community feature on Etsy where you can connect with other members. With Teams, you can gather at the crossroads of our marketplace and community, meet people with common interests, and collaborate. Shoppers can browse Teams by theme or location to find shops that might interest them.
In the past, how effective have you been in achieving this mission?
Our community stared in April 2011. Since then, we've held two Etsy Little Rock festivals with local Etsy artists vending and hundreds of attendees. We' also hosted a fundraising mask for our community that was extremely successful with hundreds in attendance (we raised nearly $3,000 for our community endeavors) as well as being guest vendors at such events as the Downtown Little Rock Partnership's Food Truck Festival, with hundreds also in attendance. Due to the success and familiarity of Etsy, it's made being a successful local community a bit simpler.
Do you belong to any organizational networks -- nationally, regionally, or locally? If yes, please list.
How will you decide who to endorse as a borrower? What due diligence will you conduct?
We are going to endorse people who are involved with Etsy Little Rock that already have an Etsy shop established with a successful business. We will look for entrepreneurs who really just need a loan to go to the next step with their business/dream. We are going to identify and help extend the Kiva Zip opportunity to them.
How do you plan to support the borrower, both before and after the loan is disbursed?
We have regular communication with all of our Etsy Little Rock team members, including: events, craft meetings, etc. and we have a very hands on role facilitating these events and team members including sharing local vending opportunities as they arise as well as other various opportunities that benefit the community. For every single borrower we endorse, we are going to ensure that the loan is helping them move forward with their business and taking their business to the next level.
How will you help us ensure that the loans you endorse have a significant and positive social impact?
Anyone that we would endorse for a loan would be required to meet the values we uphold for our community. We believe each Etsy Little Rock team member is already having a significant and positive social impact, as that is what Etsy is about: local, handmade, up-cycled, re-purposed, vintage and new items and art. Made local, sold local.

About Team Etsy Little Rock

Trustee Type:
First Tier trustee
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On Zip Since:
Mar 14, 2013
(41 months)
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