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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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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 […]

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The Power of the $5 Loan

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By Prasad Menon First, a little bit of background. Bayou Microfund is a Kiva Trustee and we recently had our first micro-entrepreneur funded through Kiva Zip. He raised $5,000 in less than 2 months and has already begun paying back his loan. Click here to read more about Alex Colby, his business, and his plans […]