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Juliana

Jupiter's Dream ~ Chocolate

Tucson, AZ

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Personal Story

I first realized my passion for sculpting in Maui, Hawaii where I discovered the alchemical process of working with clay in a ceramic class. I later picked up sculpting again, in Arizona, and I developed a method for creating 3-D geometric forms. Tucson has been a great place to explore my creativity. I find much inspiration in the many cactus species that are unique to this part of the world.

My experimentation with mold making began with the intention to recreate some intricate geometric forms found in nature. Realizing that I could make food safe molds and work with chocolate led my artistic direction towards conscious nourishment. The influence of some wonderfully inspiring friends, involved in the raw food movement, played a role in shifting my focus from non-functional ceramic art to delightfully nutritious edible art.

I have done a bit of backpacking through several countries. My favorite places to visit have been rich with ancient traditions where people have simple lifestyles in close relation with nature. My family is from Mexico and it has a special place in my heart. The deep mysteries, rich culture, diverse cuisine, and of course chocolate keep me going back for more! I have visited a few chocolate factories and cacao farms, in Oaxaca and Chiapas, and experienced the way cacao beans are produced into chocolate bars. This is where my dream to work with chocolate was born. A dream that took an exciting turn when I began to integrate my creativity and skills in sculpture with my love for chocolate.

Business Description

I am dedicated to taking chocolate to the next level in the form of conscious nourishment. I have a variety of offerings including single and boxed chocolates that will be available in local health food stores, specialty shops, and online from my website. I use sustainably produced cacao that is grown free of pesticides. I have sugar free and raw cacao options as well. Jupiter's Dream Chocolate is perfect for vegan and gluten free diets.
My custom molds capture the intricate geometry of nature including 3-D forms like romanesco broccoli and several different species of cactus. I also created a fully edible bra that is made of fruit leather and complete with chocolate cups! Soon I will offer chocolate in the shapes of crystals, flowers, seashells, replicas of hieroglyphs & petroglyphs, as well as crop circle designs.

I value mindful consumption, experimental art, and wholehearted community. I receive much support from fellow artists in my local community of Tucson, Arizona which is a mecca for creative expression of all kinds. I sell my chocolates at a few local art shows where I feel encouraged by people's avid reactions to my decadent designs. Customers agree that there is nothing like this available on the market.

I would like to design a mobile kitchen to take the business on the road someday and participate in various art and music festivals with chocolate workshops and sales. I would love to contribute chocolate and art workshops with the mobile kitchen in local schools, and community arts programs for people to explore their creative abilities and cultivate their inner radiance through artistic expression. I hope to grow cacao in Mexico someday.

What is the purpose of this loan?

In May I got licensed with the health department to manufacture chocolate. I secured a spot at the Mercado San Agustin’s commissary kitchen, and I acquired liability insurance. In order to proceed I need funds to invest in a few initial start up costs.

I am currently tempering my chocolates with a double boiler. This is time consuming so not very profitable because my use of the kitchen is charged by the hour. I need to invest in a chocolate tempering machine. The Choco Vision Rev Delta costs $2500 with accessories and is the most affordable tempering machine available for commercial use. It has a capacity of 10 LB. This would cut my production time in half, making the business more profitable. I have many ideas for new mold designs and need $1000 to invest in supplies to create more molds and broaden my line of designs. These new moldings are necessary for creating my chocolate sculptures. I need $1000 to invest in eco-friendly packaging and labels so that I can offer my chocolates to more customers. I expect to spend at least $500 in marketing over the first few months of business to acquire new customers.

A Kiva loan will have a great impact by allowing me to go beyond my financial limitations to get my business off the ground. I will be able to share my art, and high standards in chocolate production, with my community. I have been working towards launching my business since February and customers are waiting for my chocolates to be available online and in stores.

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

1-6 months

Tell us about your relationship with this borrower.

Juliana is a participant in the MAC Business Planning Course. She is spending over 60 hours in total in training (44 hours over 11 weeks) and counseling to develop a strong and complete business plan to launch her chocolate design concept mixing traditional methods with new high tech processes. She is participating in our end of class presentation of business plans to local business leaders and experts.

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

Juliana is a free-spirited entrepreneur who, from our first meeting with her, showed an "out-of-the-box" sense of her business idea and a dedication to learning and planning to make her business have a great chance for success. Juliana's experiences include adventurous travel, sculpture and new-age exploration. Her sculpture in fractals led her to discover how to mold chocolate in unique and marketable ways that appeal to the Southern Arizona population.

Her planning has already led her to secure a workplace in a new community style market with kitchen space. She has also secured licensing, product design and packaging needs.

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

Juliana's business combines traditional chocolate making with new-age looks and high-tech design concepts. She will be located in the new Mercado San Agustin, a for-profit but cooperative marketplace that includes a co-op of locally made products. Her products are either organically grown or free-trade, and all are sustainably grown and pesticide-free.

Her unique designs come from her passion in sculpture and new-age art. These, meshed with the southwest culture of Southern Arizona, all influence both the style and the market for these items.

The loan will help her purchase key items such as a Chocolate Tempering machine, packaging, molding supplies and initial marketing material and design. Because she will be working from an affordable and recognized location, she has a great chance at early success. The main challenge will be establishing herself in the market, but her MAC developed business plan will set up her best model for hitting the ground running.

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PAYING BACK

A loan of $5,000 helps me to streamline my chocolate production with a tempering machine, purchase eco-friendly packaging, and invest in supplies to make more molds.

Disbursed Aug 21, 2013
Repayment Term:
24 monthly payments
Grace Period:
6 months
Listed:
Aug 8, 2013
Disbursed:
Aug 21, 2013
Paying Back:
Aug 22, 2013

About Jupiter's Dream ~ Chocolate

Industry:
Food production
Years in Operation:
New Business
Website:
jupitersdream.com
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Badges:
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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 Organization
Tier:
Paused Tier trustee
Location:
Tucson, AZ
On Zip Since:
Nov 26, 2012
(32 months)
Loans Endorsed:
9
Total Value:
$45,000
Fundraising/Raised:
0
Paying on Time:
2
Paying Back Late:
1
Repaid in Full:
2
Defaulted:
4
Repayment Rate:
66%
Why are you endorsing Juliana?

Juliana is a free-spirited entrepreneur who, from our first meeting with her, showed an "out-of-the-box" sense of her business idea and a dedication to learning and planning to make her business have a great chance for success. Juliana's experiences include adventurous travel, sculpture and new-...

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.