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Crystal

Wahpepah's Kitchen

Oakland, CA

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Personal Story

I am a member of the Kickapoo tribe (Oklahoma) and grew up in Oakland, California in the urban Native American community. My family was very involved in Native American human rights and I got to be around so many Native people from different reservations. I saw how they cooked all kinds of foods and know what brought us together as Native people. I loved it! My grandmother and aunts always made me stay in the kitchen or Indian house to learn our traditional foods to pass it on to my children. My love for Native food therefore began as a young child. Today, I feel so happy knowing the gifts that I was given from my ancestors and would like every Native American to be proud and every non-Native American to enjoy our food from this earth. I have always dreamed of a Native American restaurant and wondered why there are not any. I have started to cater in the Native community and received positive response. Then I successfully completed the Bread Project program and now am in the LaCocina food entrepreneurship program. My dream is to make my Native community and my family and children proud by being the first Native American woman entrepreneur to have a restaurant in the SF bay area.

Business Description

Wahpepah's Kitchen specializes in authentic Native American foods catering. I decided to start catering many years back because I am proud of our Native culture, and in 2012 took the leap to start Wahpepah's Kitchen. The biggest challenge for me is getting started financially; without having start-up costs I am limited in building the scale of my business. My customers are currently mainly Bay Area Native American organizations who support me and my dream, and I want to grow to reach the non Native American community too. My goal for my business is to give back into the community as they gave to me and to be an example to our Native youth to be proud of our foods. I am passionate about educating about Native cultue and food history through my cooking. I am most proud to see how much interest there is in Native foods and how everyone who tries my food--Native people or non-Natives--have enjoyed it and wanted more.

What is the purpose of this loan?

The loan will be used for:
Catering supplies (Food warmer, coolers, utensils, packaging): $1000
Transportation (Minivan & insurance): $3000
Permitting & Licensure (Business, Food & Safety Certificate, SF Food Permit): $700.00
Rental fees (Kitchen rental at LaCocina program): $300.00

My own catering supplies will help my business run more smoothly. I will no longer be reliant on borrowing these items from community members or paying high rental fees.

The van will allow me to deliver my food on time and warm. Currently I have major limitations with what catering jobs I can accept due to lack of transportation. I also might be late due to public transportation, which jeopardizes receiving future jobs.

The permits are required documents to serve food. I currently have Alameda County requirements in place but need the San Francisco permits.

Kitchen rental fees will allow me the use of the LaCocina ktichen in San Francisco to prepare foods, which is a professional grade kitchen with scales to help me budget for food costs.

As a single mother and a proud Kickapoo woman, this loan will help me begin a new start on my journey in life in developing the first Native American woman-owned business in California. I hope it will inspire other Native women.

Crystal's loan is endorsed by Native American Health Center. The information below explains why her trustee thinks Crystal is a great candidate for a Kiva Zip loan.
How long have you known this person?

More than 5 years

Tell us about your relationship with this borrower.

Crystal has been a client of the Native American Health Center for many years and is known and recommended for this opportunity by many of our staff. She has catered events at Native American Health Center from small meetings to a large-scale event of 400 people. We are glad to support a Native-owned business in this way. We have supported her in achieving her dreams in getting connected with Bread Project and LaCocina to develop her business and thereby improve our community wellbeing.

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

Crystal has a shining personality and has made major strides in achieving her dreams. She is a perfect example of Native American Health Center's holistic approach to health: she has engaged in a mix of our Clinical Services, Community Wellness services, Youth Services, and Traditional Services, and we are proud to be part of her growth.

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

We have appreciated hiring Crystal for catering jobs so far, but we know she can attract other customers outside of the Bay Area Native community if she is able to attain business development training (which she is already doing) and has the necessary start-up costs for vital supplies, which would come through this Kiva Zip loan. The loan would make an immediate impact by allowing her to take new catering jobs.

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PAYING BACK

A loan of $5,000 helps me to purchase the necessities of a van for transportation, kitchen use, food permits, and catering supplies to launch my Native American foods catering business.

Disbursed Jan 12, 2013
Repayment Term:
12 monthly payments
Grace Period:
6 months
Listed:
Dec 6, 2012
Disbursed:
Jan 12, 2013
Paying Back:
Jan 13, 2013

About Wahpepah's Kitchen

Industry:
Food production
Years in Operation:
New Business
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:
Community health clinic
Location:
Oakland , CA
Badges:
None
On Zip Since:
Dec 6, 2012
(16 months)
Loans Endorsed:
2
Total Value:
$5,500
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 Crystal?

Crystal has a shining personality and has made major strides in achieving her dreams. She is a perfect example of Native American Health Center's holistic approach to health: she has engaged in a mix of our Clinical Services, Community Wellness services, Youth Services, and Traditional Services, ...

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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