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Maria

Cocina Cultura

Portland, OR

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Personal Story

I am María García and I was born in one of the biggest cities in the world, México City. A very cosmopolitan city where thousands and thousands of people walk by the majestic cathedral every day and those very old buildings from the 1600’s that have been turned into fancy restaurants and bars but have kept the mystery of their glorious times.

When I was a little girl, I deeply loved going to down town to the cathedral and watch the Aztec dancers performing their ritual o los voladores de Papantla (dance of the flyers) that, according to one myth, was created to ask the gods to end a severe drought, both acts very impressive and beautiful. Also beautiful and tasty the food that always surrounded these rituals or other cultural expressions that took place in la esplanada.

I grew up with food, outside of school there were always people selling all kind of snacks, getting home and swiping by the market to buy the ingredients for supper, “antojitos” were handy, helping my grandma making dinner and bringing all those colorful and tasty dishes to the table for everybody to eat left within me a deep mark of wholeness, friendship and family together.

Business Description

Now as an adult, these memories and the need to share this with my kids and the new generations born in this country with the very distinctive lack of identity (been my younger son an Italian-Mexican-American breed), inspired me to create Cocina Cultura, a business based on my passion for food, people and fiestas culturales where food is always present, celebrations that are a very intimate part of the Mexican culture. Without fiestas, without rituals, there is not food, as a result, there is not economic growth if people do not spend the time and money on making mole, tamales or other ethnic and traditional meals, as simple as it sounds this is part of our identity and we are losing it.

Cocina Cultura intends to promote, support and teach what we know about Mexican gastronomy, hire people that know the true flavors of our beloved gastronomy in a very simple humble way of cooking. Delivering a catering full of authentic food mixed with the folklore and history of the dishes presented on the tables. We purchase the produce from local agriculturist, farmers and those natural talented people that produce anything related to food that have the necessary ingredients for our dishes and desserts.

What is the purpose of this loan?

Even though Cocina Cultura is a catering business, the dream of producing, packing, and distributing our “pastisetas” or butter cookies that follow my mother’s recipes to retail stores, require hiring my mother and sister to be in charge of the production and keep the recipe untouched while I do the selling and promotion of the product in retail stores and coffee shops. It requires investment in the samples, a car for deliveries which will be great to add the logo and services as advertising mobile marketing tool, and of course, the license and the insurance for the business.

Maria's loan is endorsed by Adelante Mujeres. The information below explains why her trustee thinks Maria is a great candidate for a Kiva Zip loan.
How long have you known this person?

3 years - 5 years

Tell us about your relationship with this borrower.

Maria was graduated from our business class in spring 2011. She has been very active writing and implementing her business plan, also she has returned to the organization a diverse gifts as sponsoring cooking class to bet in our fundraising event and giving cakes and pastries to a number of the organization's events.

Tell us about this borrower's personality and character, and why you are endorsing him or her for a Kiva Zip loan.

Maria is a very creative, hardworking and reliable Mexican woman. Her vision about her business contribution to the community is not only economic, but cultural and empowering her Mexican identity to share with broader cultures. Her business provides a cultural awakening of the ancient Mexican gastronomy. Her business is already having success and she only needs some funds to cover some start up costs for her business.

Tell us about this borrower's business, and why you believe a Kiva Zip loan will contribute to his or her success.

Maria has already built a brand among the broader community that communicates well the benefits of her dishes. She has been invited already to participate in a number of events to share her skills and plates, and also she has a business plan ready to get the most of this reputation in the commercial side, with well identified prices, promotion, and a sales strategy to be successful.

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PAYING BACK

A loan of $3,000 helps me to buy licensing and insurance, advertising, and raw materials for my business.

Disbursed Jul 26, 2013
Repayment Term:
10 monthly payments
Grace Period:
N/A
Listed:
Jun 18, 2013
Disbursed:
Jul 26, 2013
Paying Back:
Jul 27, 2013

About Cocina Cultura

Industry:
Food production
Years in Operation:
6 months - 1 year
Website:
cocinacultura.com
Follow:
Facebook
Badges:
None

What are Borrower Badges?

Borrower Badges are a system designed to recognize and reward borrowers’ engagement with the Kiva Zip website.

There are two types of badges that are tiered like medals: Gold, Silver and Bronze.

  1. 'Repayment badges' are awarded for the on-time repayment of loans.
  2. 'Connectedness badges' are awarded for engagement with the Kiva Zip website.

This loan is endorsed by

Trustee Type:
Non Profit/501c3
Location:
Forest Grove/Washington, OR
Badges:
Badge_repayment_bronze_small Badge_connectedness_silver_small
On Zip Since:
Apr 12, 2013
(12 months)
Loans Endorsed:
4
Total Value:
$7,000
Fundraising/Raised:
0
Paying on Time:
3
Paying Back Late:
0
Repaid in Full:
Not enough data
Defaulted:
Not enough data
Repayment Rate:
100%
Why are you endorsing Maria?

Maria is a very creative, hardworking and reliable Mexican woman. Her vision about her business contribution to the community is not only economic, but cultural and empowering her Mexican identity to share with broader cultures. Her business provides a cultural awakening of the ancient Mexican g...

What are Trustee Badges?

Trustee Badges are a system designed to recognize and reward trustees’ engagement with the Kiva Zip website.

There are two types of badges that are tiered like medals: Gold, Silver and Bronze.

  1. 'Repayment badges' are awarded for the on-time repayment of loans.
  2. 'Connectedness badges' are awarded for engagement with the Kiva Zip website.
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