There has been a lot of clean-up work to do on SBH Taro Farm's Lumaha'i Valley site after the record breaking rains that flooded Kauai's North shore last April. More flooding occurred with the more recent passing of tropical storm Lane. Undaunted, Sierra Lynn, a Slow Money Hawaii borrower on Kiva, has continued planting taro at her Hanalei farm location while she waits for the arrival of a tractor implement she ordered with money from her $10,000 Kiva loan. Her loan was endorsed by Slow Money Hawaii (a Kiva Trustee) and funded in less than 48 hours after going public. Watch for more about Sierra Lynn's progress after her machinery arrives.
"Shogun," untethered but safe after the flood. Many of the cattle were swept away.
Mary Spadaro founded Slow Money Hawaii and volunteers her time to facilitate loans. Mary spent a decade working in small family-owned businesses before her long career in non-profit fundraising at Waikiki Health Center and Easter Seals Hawaii where she helped donors align their charitable gifts with their values. Here, she came to understand that business and charity share many of the same goals in efforts to be an influence for good in their communities. Yet, the two are regarded so differently. After leaving fundraising and pursuing an interest in gardening and agriculture, Mary learned about the emerging third sector (also referred to as ValuesorImpact Investing) and Slow Money. In this realm, she found the opportunity to combine her fundraising skills with her love of farms, food and nature to play a small role in rebuilding a sustainable and regenerative ag system for Hawaii.