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Ilbert

IJayApparel

Bronx, NY

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Personal Story

Born and raised in Honduras located in Central America, I arrived in the United States at the age of six to begin my journey to the American Dream. Raised in what was a new world to my young self, I had to navigate life while learning new customs and a new language, even while living in a traditional Spanish speaking Honduran home. I overcame all these challenges and differences to excel in art and design. After finishing my Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, I began to understand that in order to realize my dreams, I would have to take great risks.

I describe myself as a born entrepreneur, and after graduation embarked on capturing what I felt was the perfect atheistic for ambitious fashionable young people as myself through launching IJayApparel. Creating clothing and accessories with strong messages of hope and inspiration, I design from my own desire for greatness, with the goal of inspiring it in others. I aspire to advertise the brand on all platforms, giving a voice to my generation’s path to the American Dream.

Business Description

Rooted in a philosophy of creativity, individuality and community, IJayApparel released in January of 2012. Producing top quality clothing that represents our freedom of expression and the pursuit of success, the IJayApparel Team works to create inspiring clothing for women and men from the ages of eighteen to thirty-five years old.

With dreams of being featured in major department stores all over the world, 2014 marked an important time for the brand as it expanded outside the United States being able to host a successful photo-shoot in London, Europe for the release of the “Dreams” Cap accessory. The “Dreams” cap was inspired by the team’s desire to launch the Touch Your Dreams Foundation in commemoration of the CEO’s own experience.

With a large interest in Honduras, IJayApparel aspires that the foundation will grow to support the academic dreams of children in Honduras providing both scholarship opportunities as well as supplies for local schools. On selected items from the brand, a percentage of the profits will be used for the Touch Your Dreams foundations goals.

What is the purpose of this loan?

The small but dedicated and ambitious team of IJayApparel have been working diligently since 2012 to keep the brand relevant and successful. Money from this loan will be used to support the production of items to expand the line including providing the opportunity to release designs the team has been waiting anxiously to produce. In the hope of properly representing the brand, the loan will also be used to properly advertise and market the line through various mediums such as ads, commercials, and continued shoots overseas.

Dedicated to provide high quality products to their customers, IJayApparel would like to keep designing high quality products and the loan will ensure their ability to purchase better materials as well as work with manufactures who understand this importance.

Essentially, this loan will help the young brand continue to inspire others while reaching their own dreams through the production of IJayApparel.

Ilbert's loan is endorsed by Edward Van-Ess. The information below explains why his trustee thinks Ilbert 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.

Ilbert is a very close friend of mine. We have known each other for 4 years and been a person I can truly call a friend. Ilbert has seeked me for advice and I have mentored him on many different life experiences. Ilbert and I would attend special functions together and have countless conversations about life. I met Ilbert through a mutual friend of ours. We use to work together on several projects together. I speak to Ilbert at least 4 times a week.

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

Illbert is the type of person you can rely on. I recall I was in a situation where I needed financial assistance. Illbert was the only person who was able to assist me in my time of need. He is someone I can depend on. I am endorsing him on his project because I believe in him and his vision. His marketing strategy and product is very impressive. I believe this loan will be able to take his vision to another level

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

Illbert is creating a foundation called “ Touch your dreams” . A portion of his profit goes towards school supplies, and he will hand deliver them to the kids in Honduras. Its a way for them to “ touch their dreams” The kids do not have school supplies because the parents can not afford them. It makes it hard for them to go to school

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PAYING BACK

A loan of $2,500 helps me to bring IJayApparel to the next level, by purchasing more production and marketing materials.

Disbursed Jun 30, 2014
Repayment Term:
12 monthly payments
Grace Period:
N/A
Listed:
Apr 11, 2014
Disbursed:
Jun 30, 2014
Paying Back:
Jul 1, 2014

About IJayApparel

Industry:
Clothing / Jewelry / Accessories
Years in Operation:
1 year - 3 years
Website:
ijayapparel.com
Follow:
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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:
Individual
Tier:
Paused Tier trustee
Location:
Rosedale, NY
On Zip Since:
Apr 11, 2014
(12 months)
Loans Endorsed:
1
Total Value:
$2,500
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 Ilbert?

Illbert is the type of person you can rely on. I recall I was in a situation where I needed financial assistance. Illbert was the only person who was able to assist me in my time of need. He is someone I can depend on. I am endorsing him on his project because I believe in him and his vision. Hi...

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.