Slow Money Hawaii is now a Trustee on KIVA's online crowd-lending platform and can endorse your loan. Farmers and food producers can borrow up to $10,000 on KIVA's global online crowd-lending platform at ZERO INTEREST for up to three years!! That's almost as good as it gets - if you're a Hawaii farmer or food producer, it gets even better!!! The Hawaii Food Producers Fund (HFPF) will match every dollar that is loaned to you on KIVA - that means you only need $5,000 in loan money from individuals and the HFPF kicks in the other $5,000, allowing you to raise your loan in half the time!
As a KIVA Trustee, Slow Money Hawaii will ensure you meet the necessary criteria for the KIVA platform and will support you throughout the term of the loan. We will also assist you in raising money in the private fundraising period that must be completed before your loan is made public for the world to see and participate. Endorsed loans raise money faster than those that haven't been endorsed.
Let Slow Money Hawaii help you raise a loan on KIVA! For those who are borrowing more than $10,000, we will work with you to facilitate additional loan funds through a Slow Money Hawaii loan and/or referrals.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or inquire via our 'Want to Borrow' tab of this website.
If you're a farmer looking for more customers, consider registering with the Hawaii Ag & Food Products Database - check it out!
I believe this is an effort to connect schools that have Farm to School programs to farmers & ranchers. It's part of the Hawaiian Harvest program of HDOA. It appears that some kind of certification might be necessary but it's definitely worth a look.
From the Hawaii Dept. of Ag website:
"The Hawaii Agriculture & Food Products Database (HAWAII) is all about connecting the world to the farmers and ranchers that grow food in Hawaii and connecting the world to the manufacturers that add value to the Hawaii-grown food to create products that showcase Hawaii agriculture.
HAWAII is where vendors can manage the Hawaii-grown and Hawaii-made products they offer and where buyers can find the products they are seeking. "
Farmers/Ranchers who want to sell Hawaiian Harvest products should register (FREE) with HDOA’snew Hawaii Agriculture & Food Products Database:
The Fifth Annual North Shore Food Summit will be held Sept 14-15, plus a volunteer work day on the 16th at a fish pond, a taro patch or Waimea Valley. The first Food Summit is where the seed for starting Slow Money Hawaii was sewn. Last year, at the fourth Summit, we announced our launch and had the founder of Slow Money North Carolina share their story with us. Now we will be sharing our own story at this year's Summit. Please join us! This event always manages to exceed expectations excursions to innovative farm, food and energy project sites, complimented by sessions with great speakers telling us the in-depth stories about the resources, politics and people who are shaping the Hawaii ag movement. Check it out here: www.northshoreland.org/
A bit further out, and not to be missed, is the Hawaii Farmer's Union United (HFUU) Annual Convention being held on Oahu's West side Oct 6-8, at West Oahu College and Kahumana Organic Farm and Cafe. HFUU now has 10 chapters with a presence on all the main islands. If you're not already a member (you don't have to be a farmer) come and check out this vibrant and rapidly growing group. Learn more about the Convention here and watch for a more detailed program later: hfuuhi.org/2017-state-convention/
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