In October, 2017, The Naked Cow Dairy, with an endorsement from Slow Money Hawaii, borrowed $10,000 on KIVA.org, the online lending network. 116 KIVA lenders contributing to the loan which was raised in about one week.
The loan was to help this Waianae boutique dairy better secure it's milk supply for the processing of it's amazing artisan cheeses, while also reducing their overall cost of production.
Naked Cow used the money to repair several gates on the property, so they could safely shuttle cows between the rear paddock and the milking parlor. With materials purchased, the next phase of the project will be to install fencing to secure additional milking cows.
The dairy began repaying it's loan in May and is on track to grow it's business with cheaper milk and happier cows!
Founder and facilitator of Slow Money Hawaii, Mary spent a decade in small businesses before a 17 year career in non-profit fundraising. At Waikiki Health Center and Easter Seals Hawaii, where she helped donors align their philanthropy with their values, she came to understand that business and charity share the goal to be a force for good in their communities. Yet, they are regarded so differently. After retiring from fund raising and pursuing her 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, garden-fresh food and nature to play a small role in helping Hawaii farmers to rebuild a sustain-able and regenerative agricultural system that will nourish us all.