Kiva.org is an international non-profit that enables passionate and determined entrepreneurs to access 0% interest small business loans by crowdfunding locally and across the world.
How Does CFAC Help?
As a Kiva trustee, CFAC can endorse your loan application, making it more likely that you will be successful in your fundraising. CFAC will assist you through your loan process and continue to check in with you during your repayment period. CFAC also hosts a Farm Fresh Pitchfest every year to help farmers gain financial support from the local community. This year’s event will be held on March 26, 2020!
How to Apply to CFAC to Endorse Your Kiva Loan
Farmers, ranchers, and food business that are interested in participating in Pitch Fest this year should fill out the Kiva Endorsement Application here by January 31st, 2020. You will hear from us sometime in mid-February, 2020.
If you have any questions about Kiva loans or want more information on how to be endorsed by CFAC, contact us at 406-926-1004 or email@example.com
Please note that our review process takes a couple of weeks and Kiva’s review process for your loan takes roughly one week. You can expect that the full process, from endorsement application to full funding will take 1-2 months.
- Tucker Family Farm $10,000 loan to help purchase a cheese press for their creamery.
- Front Street Fungi $9,000 loan to help purchase a steam sterilizer for his local mushroom operation.
- Southbound Flowers $5,000 loan to help cover start-up costs for her new flower farm.
- House of Ferments $6,000 loan to purchase fermentation equipment for her food and beverage business.
- Missoula Vegetable and Grain Co. $8,000 loan to buy a new greenhouse for season extension.
- Little Dancing Dog Farm $5,000 loan to help purchase a walk-behind tractor for their farm.
- SweetRoot Farm – $9,000 loan for a walking tractor and implements.
- Crow’s View Farm – $8,000 loan used to purchase a high tunnel for season extension.
- Black Bear Soup and Produce – $8,000 loan to buy a walk-behind tractor to use on her small farm.
- Hindu Hillbilly – $10,000 loan to help complete a honey house and shop so she can get licensed to sell her honey in the wholesale market.
- Wicked Good Produce – $10,00 loan to purchase a refrigerated truck to expand her local food distribution company.
- Glacier Tilth Farm – $5,000 loan for start-up cash flow for her first year in business.
- Bäckerei Provincial – $3,000 loan to buy mixing and baking equipment for her bakery and bread CSA.
- Flare Pops – $3,000 loan to buy equipment for their start-up ice pop operation.
- Ploughshare Farm – $6,000 loan to upgrade farm equipment and advertising efforts.
- County Rail Farm – $10,000 loan to help set up production at their new location and expand their farm.
Farm Fresh Pitchfest
Please join us for local crafted hors d’ oeuvres at Burns Street Bistro for CFAC’s Farm Fresh Pitchfest on March 26, 2020. During this event, CFAC endorses farmers, ranchers, or local food business owners who apply for a 0% interest, no-fee, up-to- $10,000 crowd-funded Kiva loan. At the free live event, our selected Farm Fresh Pitchfest finalists pitch their Kiva loan projects in front of a live audience of investors, business people, and community members who want to support Montana’s local food system. In the words of one previous finalist, “Pitchfest gave me a great boost to get started and helped spread the word about my business.” You can learn more about last year’s event here.