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Client Spotlight – United Health Partners

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United Health Partners Bayou Microfund helped United Health Partners Raise $10,000 through Kiva in 10 days! Kiva Funding Link: https://www.kiva.org/lend/1194858 About United Health Partners: United Health Partners was founded in April 2016 to improve the health of under-served youth in the Houston area. We provide vaccinations, health screening, consultation, and more to both walk-in patients and the […]

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Client Spotlight – Ronnie Blaine, Uber Driver

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With all the business success we hear about in microfinance, it can be easy to forget that people’s livelihoods and personal successes are ultimate goals of economic development. Ronnie’s story reminds us of this, as we can see how the Bayou Microfund helped bring his business—and his dreams—back to life. Bayou Microfund founder Prasad Menon first met Ronnie […]

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Client Spotlight: Once Upon a Praline

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Sweet Foods

Once Upon a Praline Loan amount: $5,000 Website: http://www.onceuponapraline.com/ Resilience: It’s not something you can find on a balance sheet, but it’s a small business owner’s most important asset. And at the Bayou Microfund, we think that each one of our clients has it in abundance. Take, for example, Lynn Kelly. Lynn is the proud owner […]

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Client Spotlight: Dandelion Café

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Dandelion Café Loan amount: $10,000 Location: 5405 Bellaire Blvd. Bellaire,TX 77401 Website: http://dandelionhouston.com/ Houston’s abundance of small business resources makes it fertile soil for entrepreneurs, but as any gardener would tell you, it’s the hard work—not the environment—that truly helps something grow. Sarah Lieberman, the owner of Dandelion Café in Bellaire, is a testament to this. While she […]

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Client Spotlight: Sweet Luxuries Bakery

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Loan amount: $5,000 Location: 2612 Scott Street Houston, Texas 77004 Website: http://www.mysweetlux.com/ Phone: 832-413-1625 You might not believe it, but the lemon bars, cakes, and other Sweet Luxuries treats featured in cafés and stores around Houston weren’t just made that morning—they’ve been in the works for almost 15 years. It was back in 2001 when, having fond […]

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Houston Panini & Provisions

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Finance, small loan, interest free

Start Date: May 2014 Original Investment: $25,000 $5000 Kiva + $20,000 investment Current employees: 6 Customers per day: 50-60 Location: 1727 W 34th St, Houston, TX 77018 Website: http://houstonpanini.com/ Phone: 713-681-4500 The customers of Houston Panini & Provision have taken a serious liking to the restaurant and its cofounders Alex and David Colby.  But the […]

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Kiva Tier 3 Status!

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We are excited to announce that we have been upgraded with Kiva Zip from a Tier 2 Trustee to a Tier 3 Trustee! This means that we can now offer loans to up to 20 entrepreneurs at one time. This upgrade was the result of our 100% repayment rate with our portfolio companies. Thank you […]

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Bayou Microfund Featured in Houston Chronicle

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Last week, Bayou Microfund was featured in the Houston Chronicle! We met with Alyson Ward, a staff writer there, a few times over the past few weeks and she came to our Fund-a-Thon event for Once Upon a Praline. We, along with Lynn Kelly of Once Upon a Praline and Alex Colby of Lemon-D-Lite were […]