Zac Hosler is a go-getter of a farmer. Very committed, very energetic and motivated, and a smart businessman. His recent Slow Money loan of $20,000, raised with the participation of six lenders, was his second loan facility by us and was used to buy a sturdy second-hand air conditioned van for his expanding produce deliveries and to build an on-farm walk-in refrigerator. There is a link to a great documentary about Zac, his farm, and the promise of aquaponics that you may view here.
eat, he wanted to do something to make healthy food readily available in his community while also teaching others the skills needed to do the same. Zac and his family have triumphed in many ways as they have made a very successful farm. There is a link to a great documentary about Zac, his farm, and the promise of aquaponics that you may view here.
Moody's Mary Willich took out a $10,000 Kiva loan with a Slow Money Hawaii endorsement as we are also a Kiva Trustee. With this loan she will expand sales of gluten-free baked goods from the local farmer's market in Waimea where she built up a loyal clientele to retailers around the Big Island. In addition to providing Big Islander's a local gluten-free bread option, she uses many locally grown ingredients such as ulu, taro, strawberries, mangoes, pineapples, coconut, bananas, carrots, and peppers purchased from farmers.
Mary's recent update:
"We are fully moved into the Pa’auilo Incubator Kitchen and are on our 3rd week of supplying bread locally to the Honoka’a Country Market as well as the Papa’aloa Country Store. It took about 2 weeks to get the testing with the new ovens down but we definitely got it down. Now that we're rolling, I can really start to work on updating social media and our website. The new Baker is well on her way to pumping out breads like a machine! My goal is by the first week of November to have our bread available island wide in retail shops as well as in cafes/delis. I am working on negotiating a used commercial bread slicer so we can streamline that process. Thanks for reading these updates and I hope it's as exciting for you as it is for us. We love bread!! and you!! :) Aloha"
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