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Luis

Simphony Productions

Oakland, CA

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Personal Story

I was born and raised in Oakland, CA. I started making films as a way to express my creativity and create an outlet for myself to avoid the violence in Oakland. Today I am in the midst of starting up Simphony Productions and currently working with my mentor, Stefan Ruenzel, to add more projects to my professional reel.

Business Description

Our goal is to provide our clients with multimedia services at industry quality without the industry price. Simphony gives back to our community by mentoring youth who want to enter the entertainment Industry, and providing internships to build experience. In time these youth will potentially be apart of Simphony.

Simphony was developed by 3 young men of color living in Oakland, California, who began their media arts training at United Roots (www.unitedrootsoakland.org) in 2010. Galen Peterson, Co-Executive Director at United Roots, saw potential in the group and began to connect them to industry professionals for further advanced training.

Luis, Mansa, and Xinh sought out to assemble Simphony Production when they discussed common interests in media production. They developed the vision in January 2013. Simphony Productions started working with Youth SEED (www.bayareayouthseed.org), Gino Pastor-Ng, and aManda Greene, as part of an entrepreneurship training program working out of United Roots. While participating in this program, Simphony Productions expanded their services to reach a larger clientele base.

Simphony Productions is currently offering media productions services at United Roots (a storefront office space on 28th & Telegraph Ave) and will be participating in a youth co-working space with Youth SEED in Fall 2013. The success of Simphony Productions has been the engagement of other young people, support of community members, and ongoing collaboration with local media companies.

What is the purpose of this loan?

Simphony Productions is in need of a $1,000 loan to pay for web hosting and annual business fees, also to purchase hard drives to prevent potential data loss. Without the amount of money requested we will not be able to keep our company at a professional stage and lose potential clients who are in need of our services.

Luis's loan is endorsed by Youth SEED. The information below explains why his trustee thinks Luis 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 came to know Luis and Simphony (a youth led multi media production company) through one of our key partners, United Roots (www.unitedroots.org). Youth SEED has been working with Simphony on a weekly basis to support in the development of there business since January 2013.

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

Luis and the rest of the Simphony team are a committed and responsible group of young men. They have demonstrated leadership and dedication to the creation and development of their business venture. They have invested their time and resources to Simphony and have demonstrated that they are ready to take the next step and ask for the community to invest in them.

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

Simphony Productions is a multi-media production company that offers industry quality at a reasonable price. They are connected to United Roots (a media arts organization) and have access to certain equipment, however they are needing funds for web-hosting and other personal equipment. By receiving this loan, Simphony will be able to have a strong web presence which will allow them to solicit more clients allowing for longevity of their venture.

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PAYING BACK

A loan of $1,000 helps me to pay for business expenses including: Web-hosting and email fees, plus hard-drives.

Disbursed Sep 28, 2013
Repayment Term:
12 monthly payments
Grace Period:
3 months
Listed:
Sep 19, 2013
Disbursed:
Sep 28, 2013
Paying Back:
Sep 28, 2013

About Simphony Productions

Industry:
Entertainment
Years in Operation:
New Business
Website:
simphonyproductions.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:
Youth Development
Location:
Oakland, CA
Badges:
None
On Zip Since:
Sep 19, 2013
(7 months)
Loans Endorsed:
1
Total Value:
$1,000
Fundraising/Raised:
0
Paying on Time:
Not enough data
Paying Back Late:
Not enough data
Repaid in Full:
0
Defaulted:
0
Repayment Rate:
Not enough data
Why are you endorsing Luis?

Luis and the rest of the Simphony team are a committed and responsible group of young men. They have demonstrated leadership and dedication to the creation and development of their business venture. They have invested their time and resources to Simphony and have demonstrated that they are ready...

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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