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Bayou Micro Fund Gives $10,000 worth of Covid Grants

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Bayou Micro Fund has given $2,500 worth of COVID-19 Grants each to the following business. JusDesign Graphics, Soma Athletic Wellness, Chic Sweets Fine Desserts, Got Dirty Blinds? These grants are all to keep these businesses going. We are also pleased to report that all Bayou Micro Fund businesses have survived and are operating in these […]

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HBDI creates a micro stabilization loan fund

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A Fund designed to support the ongoing operations of eligible micro-enterprises Up to $10,000 with interest rates of 3% payments deferred for 6-monthsTo assist micro-enterprises that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Houston Business Development, Inc. JUSDESIGN A full-service Graphic Design / IT firm located in Houston TX Loan amount: $10,000. Website: https://jusdesign.com/ […]

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Client Spotlight – United Health Partners

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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 children at local […]

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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 2014Original Investment: $25,000$5000 Kiva + $20,000 investmentCurrent employees: 6 Customers per day: 50-60Location: 1727 W 34th St, Houston, TX 77018Website: http://houstonpanini.com/Phone: 713-681-4500The customers of Houston Panini & Provision have taken a serious liking to the restaurant and its cofounders Alex and David Colby. But the charismatic brothers haven’t always been slinging sandwiches. In […]