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Sally

Loblolly Creamery

Little Rock, AR

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Personal Story

I have always been interested in why is it so important to be eco-conscious with our food. I pondered that when I was a kid, learning about gardening, reusing containers, and going to farmer's markets. I researched carbon footprints when I was in school, learning about supply chains and farmer's rights. In college, I started the first student-run food business, a fair trade coffee cart, on campus. I debated where I should source my fair trade coffee, how I should compost the coffee grounds, how students can earn a living wage, and how I should engage and educate my community in sustainable food systems. Now, I rack my brain over how ice cream can be earth friendly while being an economical, wholesome, dang delicious product, and, to top it off, still bring happiness to people and their community. As my business grows, I further ask: how can it have a smaller carbon footprint to use less materials, use more eco-friendly materials, consume less energy, and to take less from the Earth. Green-minded architect and designer William McDonough probably said it best: "Waste equals food, whether it's food for the earth, or for a closed industrial cycle. We manufacture products that go from cradle to grave. We want to manufacture them from cradle to cradle."

Business Description

A Little Rock based creamery making small batch ice cream, fizzy sodas, and other fine lollies. We use local and organic ingredients and do not use any premixes, preservatives, and artificial stabilizers. Our inspirations are the gardens,markets, and artisan producers of Arkansas. We build every recipe from the ground up, using quality, seasonal ingredients. And, we want to share it all… bites, sips, and mountainous scoops.

In addition to being a micro-creamery, we also have a soda fountain in our community. We are proud to share the simple goodness of the neighborhood soda fountain and ice cream bar with South Main residents and friends. We stir classic ingredients like sugar, cream, butter, chocolate, and vanilla together, add local produce and nuts, then churn them in our ice cream freezer just a few blocks from the store. The Soda Fountain phosphates are served up from behind an authentic Lippincott marble bar. Enjoy a scoop of Loblolly Creamery ice cream, right after it has been freshly churned. Grab a seat at the counter, or pull up one of our restored, wrought-iron ice cream chairs and watch as we hand roll our waffle cones. These are just a few of the historic, soda fountain finds that now call The Green Corner Store home.

Our ice cream and soda flavors change by the whim of the seasons and the kitchen’s creative juices. Some of our flavors are traditional—others are unique. Everything we offer is made from scratch with fair trade chocolate, farm-fresh dairy products, and fresh, local fruit. Confections and baked goods spend time cooling in the kitchen, before they make their way to the fountain. We even make the hot fudge, whip cream, and sprinkles that top your sundae. At The Green Corner Store Soda Fountain, you’ll experience ice cream and soda the way they were meant to be. It’s Little Rock’s neighborhood soda fountain and ice cream bar, filled with years of sweet tradition.

We are looking forward to sharing our handcrafted happiness through an ice cream truck this Summer. Then we can reach more people in our neighborhood and spread the joy of Loblolly. We hope you can help make our dream come true.

What is the purpose of this loan?

We are reaching out to our community for this loan. It takes a lot of natural resources to make the food we eat. But you can be green without ever sacrificing good taste. We want to provide our handcrafted ice cream through solar means .The jewel in our environmental crown will be our solar powered ice cream truck – the only ice cream truck of its kind in the Little Rock area. It will help maintain our environmental philosophy (farm-to-table; natural products; limited packaging; composting and recycling; even beautiful vintage glass ice cream serving dishes picked up from flea markets). Solar panels will also be an investment and help reduce our utility bills. It will keep our frozen treats chilled in the summertime and it will be an awesome addition to our ice cream cart, without generating any CFCs or emissions. It may even give back to the grid. The truck will use the sun’s energy to charge batteries in order to keep its refrigeration unit running (ironic since the worst enemy of ice cream is the sun's bright, hot rays). Not only will it reduce our carbon foot print and reduce some costs over time, but it will be an educational tool and engage our customers in a conversation other than just about ice cream.

It will cost $4,754.80 to install the panels. Any additional money that we receive will go towards the educational element of the ice cream truck. We will work on how we can engage our community in thinking about the energy it takes to feed our bellies. Our truck may have sustainable food facts, we may have hand outs, and we may invest in educational elements to our food packaging. We will provide updates and sneak peaks of this as months go on. We hope you can help us harness the sun to make handcrafted happiness.

Sally's loan is endorsed by Sustainable Business Network of Central Arkansas. The information below explains why her trustee thinks Sally 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.

I met Sally when she graduated from college and moved to Little Rock about 5 years ago. We attended many of the same community events since we had similar interests in supporting the local food movement and other environmental efforts. She has volunteered for several non-profit organizations. In the past 3 1/2 years we have seen each other on almost a daily basis while working at The Green Corner Store. A year ago she opened its soda fountain.

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

Sally is passionate about sustainability and takes practical steps to conserve resources in her daily personal and business life. She believes strongly in supporting others in the local community and working in support of a healthy, local foods system. She is dependable and reliable. She is extremely creative and artistic. She is a kind and caring individual who is always fair to others.

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

Sally’s business, Loblolly Creamery, is just a year old and has quickly earned a reputation for the quality ice cream they make. Their demand has already outpaced their initial expectations. Hers is an example of a local business that strives to source quality ingredients locally. They have also given back to many non-profit organizations through donations at events and monthly campaigns. They are planning to have an ice cream truck to take to community events. Their vision is to power it with solar panels, a great way to increase their visibility in the marketplace while simultaneously reducing carbon emissions and prominently display their sustainability mission.

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PAYING BACK

A loan of $5,000 helps me to buy solar panels to jewel our environmental crown and provide solar power to our ice cream truck.

Disbursed Mar 28, 2013
Repayment Term:
24 monthly payments
Grace Period:
N/A
Listed:
Mar 14, 2013
Disbursed:
Mar 28, 2013
Paying Back:
Mar 29, 2013

About Loblolly Creamery

Industry:
Food production
Years in Operation:
1 year - 3 years
Website:
loblollycreamery.com
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Badges:
None

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 Organization
Location:
Little Rock, AR
Badges:
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On Zip Since:
Mar 14, 2013
(13 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 Sally?

Sally is passionate about sustainability and takes practical steps to conserve resources in her daily personal and business life. She believes strongly in supporting others in the local community and working in support of a healthy, local foods system. She is dependable and reliable. She is extr...

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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