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Chris

Proxy Foods

Portland, OR

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Personal Story

My first memories are about food. My mother, who grew up in Thailand, came to America with little more than her skill and passion for cooking amazing food. She filled our home unforgettable smells and flavors. The impact was a lasting one. And when I studied literature in college, I grew more intrigued with telling a narrative, but with food instead of words. The belief being food feeds the mind as much as the body. My company, Proxy Foods, examines how we interact and enjoy a meal, an ingredient, even an aroma. Projects have included mobile food delivery systems and communal dinner series where theatricality and conviviality are the raison d'etre. Our ultimate goal--in addition to making really great food--is to bridge the gap between farmer, cook and consumer.

Business Description

We cook food, always with craft, care and sustainably in mind. Our team is small, but we are committed to learning more about food every day. Our customers equally appreciate quality food and the craft that goes into it. Portland is an ideal destination. The biggest challenge is the robustness of Portland's food scene. So much is happening from the farm and restaurant ends that competition is fierce. But it is a blessing because it raises the bar high across the board. I am most proud of the projects we tackle with a group of 2-3 cooks, and executing with a high level of quality.

What is the purpose of this loan?

We're looking to expand our mobile street food operation Para Llevar into production for shops and markets. There has been some interest from specialty groceries in town, but we require time and capital to ensure we can do this sustainably on all fronts. A Kiva Zip loan will guarantee this process will be furthered rapidly. It will ultimately provide the kind of exposure to the public that we don't get maintaining a bike-based delivery service that is limited to a few days per week.

Chris's loan is endorsed by Matthew Abts. The information below explains why his trustee thinks Chris is a great candidate for a Kiva Zip loan.
How long have you known this person?

6 months - 1 year

Tell us about your relationship with this borrower.

I have worked as a business counselor for and with Chris, and assisted him with his initial business development, such as his strategy for operating profitably, cost analysis, market competition, and licensing. I have a purely professional relationship with Chris.

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

Chris is a forward-looking, lean-launch oriented, pro-community entrepreneur with the right chops to pull off a food business. He has experience in the food industry and is backed up by a culinary school education from PDX.

But more (or just as) importantly, he's been running his business profitably for the past 6 months. It's tough to tell when someone will be a successful business person, even if successful independently in her or his field.

Chris has got it, and proven it.

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

Chris in in PDX's mobile food business, but he has ambitions that go beyond that. Unlike many people with "just ambitions", he's carefully taking the integral steps to get to his goal. Recently, he launched a "supper club" following the lean-launch model of business. I expect even more from him in the future, and expect he'll one day be a great role model for other food business entrepreneurs operating in the streets of PDX.

I have examined Chris' cash flow and believe that with his profit margins he's a good fit for this loan. It'll be great to have him finally engage with an expansion plan he's had in mind, leading to new sources of product revenue.

I believe Chris has what it takes to pull off not just a lifestyle business, but also a growing business that will, ultimately, produce jobs and contribute positively to the community.

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PAYING BACK

A loan of $2,500 helps me to to buy equipment and product for initial recipe-development, shelf-stability tests and market testing.

Disbursed Jul 29, 2013
Repayment Term:
12 monthly payments
Grace Period:
N/A
Listed:
Jun 26, 2013
Disbursed:
Jul 29, 2013
Paying Back:
Jul 30, 2013

About Proxy Foods

Industry:
Food production
Years in Operation:
6 months - 1 year
Website:
proxyfoods.com/
Badges:
Badge_connectedness_bronze_small

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:
Individual
Location:
Beaverton, OR
Badges:
Badge_repayment_bronze_small
On Zip Since:
Jun 26, 2013
(10 months)
Loans Endorsed:
3
Total Value:
$10,000
Fundraising/Raised:
0
Paying on Time:
Not enough data
Paying Back Late:
Not enough data
Repaid in Full:
Not enough data
Defaulted:
Not enough data
Repayment Rate:
100%
Why are you endorsing Chris?

Chris is a forward-looking, lean-launch oriented, pro-community entrepreneur with the right chops to pull off a food business. He has experience in the food industry and is backed up by a culinary school education from PDX.

But more (or just as) importantly, he's been running his business prof...

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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