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Xan

Fox and Lion Bread

San Francisco, CA

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Personal Story

I am focused on building a sustainable business from the ground up that my children can be proud of and potentially lend their efforts as they grow older. I started baking bread and delivering to my neighbors three years ago, and have built up my business bit by bit to where I now have over 300 customers. I am ready to move to the next level. I currently work three days a week as a bartender, and three days a week on the business. I also work taking care of my youngest child.

My next step in growing the business is working out of my own baking space full time. This will allow me to grow my wholesale business and have greater control over the quality of the product.

Business Description

I started baking artisan bread when my oldest was still at home. I made everything from scratch at home and when I finally achieved a bread that rose up and wasn't a rock of dough, I knew that I wanted to own a bakery.

I built the bakery up from delivering bread to ten neighbors each week to having an online subscription service that now serves over 300 people. The biggest challenge is that the rent I am paying on a commercial kitchen is just for one day of baking.

When I have my own space to bake then I can produce proportionately more bread for the rent I will be paying. I am committed to producing handmade, organic loaves of bread that sustain communities. The name Fox and Lion is a blend of my two family names, DeVoss and Levine paired down to the animal. Family tradition and sustenance is at the core of my business.

What is the purpose of this loan?

This loan will help pay for equipment and permitting costs to open my own wholesale bakery. Once I am working out of my own space then the limit on the amount of bread I can make in proportion to the amount I am paying for rent will increase and I will begin to show a profit quickly. This will help with each step of growing the business financially. I will be able to bake bread full time and fulfill wholesale accounts as well as expand my subscription service.

Xan's loan is endorsed by Andrea Baker Consulting. The information below explains why her trustee thinks Xan 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.

Xan is one of the vendors at our weekly pop-up market on Third. She has been active and responsive; and brought some great ideas on how to make the market more vibrant and dynamic. She has shown herself as someone with a lot of initiative; and has been working diligently to grow her business in a responsible manner.

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

Xan is serious and committed to her business and her family. They work in concert with each other. She is reliable, on time and thoughtful in her participation in the weekly pop up market.

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

Xan makes fabulous bread from the very best ingredients she can afford. She has been doing this for some time and has grown her business in terms of subscription and a loyal following. She is currently addressing her need for a commercial kitchen location that will allow her to meet the expressed demands of her followers. Kiva Zip will allow her to explore some commercial kitchen options that might not otherwise be available to her.

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PAYING BACK

A loan of $5,000 helps me to purchase an oven and pay for the installation costs.

Disbursed Dec 12, 2013
Repayment Term:
24 monthly payments
Grace Period:
N/A
Listed:
Nov 20, 2013
Disbursed:
Dec 12, 2013
Paying Back:
Dec 12, 2013

About Fox and Lion Bread

Industry:
Food production
Years in Operation:
1 year - 3 years
Website:
foxandlionbread.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:
Business development, program development and community outreach
Location:
San Francisco, CA
Badges:
None
On Zip Since:
Nov 20, 2013
(5 months)
Loans Endorsed:
1
Total Value:
$5,000
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 Xan?

Xan is serious and committed to her business and her family. They work in concert with each other. She is reliable, on time and thoughtful in her participation in the weekly pop up market.

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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