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Robert

Paper Clouds Apparel

Phoenix, AZ

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Personal Story

I came up with the idea for Paper Clouds Apparel while visiting my mother, a special needs bus driver in Northern California. I saw a picture on her fridge and asked her about it. A little girl on her route would draw the whole ride to school and often give them to my mother when she arrived at school. This was one of her drawings. I spent the whole night mesmerized by the drawing. The next morning I woke up with the idea for Paper Clouds Apparel !

Business Description

Paper Clouds Apparel raises funds for special needs schools and organizations while showcasing the creative minds and artistic abilities of individuals with special needs. We do this by taking a piece of artwork an individual with special needs has created and then transfer the art to a Eco-friendly, super soft, bamboo shirt. 50% of the profit from every Paper Clouds Apparel shirt sold goes to the special needs school/organization that gave us the art. For the past 2+ years we were teamed up with Valleylife, Arizona's oldest habilitation center helping over 450 individuals with special needs valley wide. My goal when I started Paper Clouds Apparel was to help special needs schools/organizations in all 50 states. Currently we have 18 special needs schools/organizations on our roster. Ranging in size from the massive Autism Speaks organization to a small special needs group home on Phoenix called Trilogy which has 28 members. Right now we are in the process of having our new website built for us and going through the tough process of selecting which pieces of art will become Paper Clouds Apparel shirts. In addition to raising funds for special needs schools and organizations, Paper Clouds Apparel is hiring individuals with special needs to package all of our shirts. Thus providing a job, a steady source of income, and a real sense of pride and independence for some amazing individuals. Thanks for learning a little about Paper Clouds Apparel

What is the purpose of this loan?

This loan will be used to help me spread awareness of what I am doing with Paper Clouds Apparel. I will be using this loan to pay for our new and updated website. This new website will have features that will draw consumers in. We will be selling six new shirts every two weeks for a different special needs school/organization. So there will be a video from each new project that will make them want to help and get one of their shirts. The shirts will also only be available for the two week period. Our site will have a clock counting down the time those shirts are available. Making the shirts limited edition is HUGE for accumulating impulse buys ! The loan will make all these ideas come to life and give Paper Clouds Apparel the ability to help MILLIONS of individuals with special needs.

Robert's loan is endorsed by SEED SPOT. The information below explains why his trustee thinks Robert 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.

Robert is the Founder of Paper Clouds Apparel, a SEED SPOT venture. We have known Robert for the past three months and in that time has demonstrated incredible leadership, passion, and dedicated to his business and children with special needs. Robert is a venture within SEED SPOT, an incubator in Phoenix focusing on companies with social impact. We work with him on a daily basis building, developing, and promoting his venture.

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

Robert is a true leader in our cohort of 16 ventures. He is typically first in the office and last to leave each day. His passion for Paper Clouds Apparel is contagious. This loan would help him fulfill more orders that will benefit schools and children with special needs.

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

Paper Clouds Apparel raises money for schools and organizations working with children with special needs through sales of t-shirts and other merchandise that showcase the artistic talent of special needs children. This loan will enable Paper Clouds Apparel to complete their website and additional marketing. Since they are a cash based transaction business repayment of the loan shouldn't be an issue. All shirts are paid in full before the are produced.

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A loan of $5,000 helps me to improve the lives of individuals with special needs !

Disbursed Dec 24, 2012
Repayment Term:
12 monthly payments
Grace Period:
N/A
Listed:
Nov 1, 2012
Disbursed:
Dec 24, 2012
Paying Back:
Dec 25, 2012
Ended:
Dec 28, 2013

About Paper Clouds Apparel

Industry:
Clothing / Jewelry / Accessories
Years in Operation:
1 year - 3 years
Website:
papercloudsapparel.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:
Social Incubator
Location:
Phoenix, AZ
Badges:
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On Zip Since:
Oct 26, 2012
(18 months)
Loans Endorsed:
13
Total Value:
$65,000
Fundraising/Raised:
0
Paying on Time:
3
Paying Back Late:
2
Repaid in Full:
6
Defaulted:
0
Repayment Rate:
98%
Why are you endorsing Robert?

Robert is a true leader in our cohort of 16 ventures. He is typically first in the office and last to leave each day. His passion for Paper Clouds Apparel is contagious. This loan would help him fulfill more orders that will benefit schools and children with special needs.

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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