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Fernando

El Pilon, LLC

Portland, OR

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Personal Story

My name is Fernando and I am originally from Colombia with an architectural design background. Although I had several years of experience in Colombia I have struggled to find employment in that field since my diploma doesn't transfer over. I am a husband and father of four, I have worked various manual labor jobs throughout the last several years to be able to provide for my family. Seeing as I'm not able to pursue my architectural design career, I have decided to focus on my other passion - cooking.

Business Description

In 2012 I opened El Pilon as a food stand at a local Farmer’s Market. El Pilon offers traditional Colombian street food including Empanada, Arepas, and Pan de Yuca. Noticing the demand for my food, I have expanded to a food cart and I am also selling at three local farmer's markets this year. Although a restaurant might be the ultimate goal I believe in taking well calculated steps to get there.

What is the purpose of this loan?

I am seeking to utilize the funds to expand and strengthen my current activities; food cart, food stand at Farmer’s Markets and Catering.

$1,000 will go towards upgrading some of the food cart equipment including the refrigerator and oven.

$500 will be used towards marketing that will include a new menu sign on the food cart, a banner to place at the food stand at the markets and some business cards and catering menus to distribute to expand on the catering business.

$1,000 will be used to purchase some catering equipment, including transportation containers, set up tables and food warmers.

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

1 year - 3 years

Tell us about your relationship with this borrower.

Fernando has been receiving one on one business technical assistance from the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber for the last year and a half.

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

Fernando is hard working family focused man with a plan to one day open up a Colombian restaurant in Portland, OR.

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

Fernando has diligently and strategically been working to grow his business. Last year he worked a short season at a Farmer's Market selling traditional Colombian street food including empanadas, arepas, patacon y pan de yuca. This year he purchased a used food cart located in downtown Portland, OR and is also participating at three local food Farmer's Markets. He's working on building the brand of this business to one day open up a restaurant.

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PAYING BACK

A loan of $2,500 helps me to upgrade the cooking equipment in my food cart, purchase catering equipment and do some marketing for my business.

Disbursed Jul 19, 2013
Repayment Term:
12 monthly payments
Grace Period:
N/A
Listed:
Jun 21, 2013
Disbursed:
Jul 19, 2013
Paying Back:
Jul 20, 2013

About El Pilon, LLC

Industry:
Restaurant / Caterers
Years in Operation:
1 year - 3 years
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
Location:
Portland / Multnomah County , OR
Badges:
Badge_repayment_bronze_small Badge_connectedness_silver_small
On Zip Since:
Jun 21, 2013
(10 months)
Loans Endorsed:
5
Total Value:
$19,500
Fundraising/Raised:
0
Paying on Time:
4
Paying Back Late:
1
Repaid in Full:
0
Defaulted:
0
Repayment Rate:
99%
Why are you endorsing Fernando?

Fernando is hard working family focused man with a plan to one day open up a Colombian restaurant in Portland, OR.

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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