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Pennye

The Big Bad Woof

Washington, DC

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Personal Story

I grew up in Texas, and worked on small farms and ranches when I was young. I trained horses as a teenager, and I have always loved all types of animals. After a successful career as a personal property appraiser (fine jewelry), and in website development and design, I found myself wanting to do something for animals and the community we live in.

When my partner and I decided to open our first store in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington DC, it was a catalyst to a new career in which I could combine my love of animals and health & wellness. We decided to apply sensible, green living standards to the products we offer in the store and really started to see our customer's companion animals thrive. Over two years ago we expanded to another location in an underserved area of Hyattsville, Maryland and are seeing that neighborhood 'grow up' around us in the Arts District.

This year we made a decision to continue to open additional store locations by growing the businesses naturally, and this new location is perfect for our expansion. We are very excited to be in a location that will serve the Silver Spring, Bethesda, and Chevy Chase communities in Maryland.

Business Description

The Big Bad Woof, located in the Old Takoma neighborhood of Washington DC and the Arts District Hyattsville in Maryland, sets a different standard for pet care and products. The retail store specializes in organic, holistic, premium and raw diets for companion animals with a strong commitment to the community. Their products are chosen to provide healthy and sustainable options for pet owners in the D.C. area. A good example of their unique, triple bottom line approach is seen in their relationship with local farmers. The Big Bad Woof works with local farmers to purchase whole foods like chicken frames, lamb hearts and marrow bones, that farmers would otherwise discard. These products are great food supplements for dogs and cats and a market is created for the farmer’s left-overs. Waste not, want not!

The Big Bad Woof also partners with local rescue organizations such as the Washington Animal Rescue League, Washington Humane Society and the Animal Rescue Corps to hold fundraising events, collect donations of pet supplies and co-run adoption clinics. BBW’s WoofClinic program gives free professional information directly to the community. Animal specialists in health, behavior, and training come to the store to present and answer people’s questions about animal well care. This gives everyone the opportunity to be a better pet owner.

What is the purpose of this loan?

We are expanding our business to a new, 3rd location in Silver Spring, Maryland. We are taking over the space that was previously a local food co-operative, and we need this loan to help fund the architectural drawings for the new store. The conceptual drawings are key to help us determine the overall construction and buildout costs to remodel this store into a new The Big Bad Woof store. This loan helps us to kick-start this new venture, and we are very excited to be able to potentially move our corporate offices out of our home and into this new location, along with a brand new store offering community classes, local foods, and a self-serve dog wash.

Pennye's loan is endorsed by Think Local First DC. The information below explains why her trustee thinks Pennye is a great candidate for a Kiva Zip loan.
How long have you known this person?

3 years - 5 years

Tell us about your relationship with this borrower.

She is an active member of my organization. I see her monthly at Locals Unplugged, a series of educational workshops.

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

Pennye is active member of Think Local First DC that understands the role of a local business owner in a community. She and her business give back to our organization and the city with time and dollars.

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

Pennye and her partner Julie have been very successful creating a scalable independent business model. As the first Benefit Corporation, they believe that being in business means taking excellent care of their employees, customers and surrounding community. Their service and product keep customers engaged regardless of the neighborhood.

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PAYING BACK

A loan of $5,000 helps me to start the architectural drawings needed to open a new location in Silver Spring, MD.

Disbursed Jan 22, 2014
Repayment Term:
24 monthly payments
Grace Period:
N/A
Listed:
Dec 18, 2013
Disbursed:
Jan 22, 2014
Paying Back:
Jan 23, 2014

About The Big Bad Woof

Industry:
Retail - General
Years in Operation:
More than 5 years
Website:
thebigbadwoof.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 Economic Development
Location:
Washington, DC
Badges:
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On Zip Since:
Apr 24, 2013
(12 months)
Loans Endorsed:
2
Total Value:
$10,000
Fundraising/Raised:
0
Paying on Time:
Not enough data
Paying Back Late:
Not enough data
Repaid in Full:
0
Defaulted:
0
Repayment Rate:
100%
Why are you endorsing Pennye?

Pennye is active member of Think Local First DC that understands the role of a local business owner in a community. She and her business give back to our organization and the city with time and dollars.

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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