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Marianne

Vader View Acres

Alexander, AR

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Personal Story

Jonathan and I currently live on 20 acres in rural Alexander Arkansas. While our lives operate in tandem now, we grew up in very different geographical environments. Jonathan is from St. Louis while I grew up in Arkansas. Our interest in the arts is initially what brought us together. But, common goals and determination leave us where we are today. Trained in Art Education I am on track to be an art teacher. Jonathan is a musician turned chef and operates “The Kitchen” at White Water Tavern where he has built a menu, without pretense, around sourcing local and sustainable ingredients. We try to live a life that is sustainable and resourceful both out of determination to contribute to the world more than we take, but also very much out of necessity. Hunting, fishing and growing and preserving our own food helps keep our cost of living low and our self worth high. We call our homestead farm Vader View Acres and we are currently raising heritage breed poultry (chickens, ducks, turkeys) as well as goats. We have built the farm using reclaimed materials and are in a constant state of learning new things about animals, building, and homesteading in general.

Business Description

We are seeking a loan to help outfit a small poultry processing facility on our farm. There’s nothing more local than your own back yard and we would like for “The Kitchen” at White Water Tavern to become more of a farm to table operation. Inspiration for this facility came after seeing the demand in our community for local foods and from a desire to more seamlessly mesh our lifestyle with our jobs. We asked ourselves, “How can we push the envelope, how can we make local, sustainable food accessible to our customers while still being affordable to us?” We are already raising poultry for our own consumption that we also sell through our small farm. It became clear that we needed a better equipped facility where we could process more birds to be used in the restaurant. We plan for this small scale poultry processing operation to lead us to our ultimate goal of expanding our operation to build a facility which can offer custom processing of both livestock and wild game. We want to connect people to the food they eat.

What is the purpose of this loan?

We will be using the Kiva loan to help outfit our poultry processing facility. We are seeking a combination of used and new equipment. We will spend $1,100 of the Kiva loan to purchase a poultry plucker. $1,300 will be used to purchase an external water heater to aid in plucking. The remaining $600 will be spent on broiler cones, wire racks and quality knives. This facility will allow us to bring a true “farm to table” preparation of food to our customers, a fact we hope will attract new customers as well. This not only grows our “brand recognition,” it also allows us to more fully express our passion for connecting ourselves and others with the food we eat.

Marianne's loan is endorsed by Laura Frankenstein. The information below explains why her trustee thinks Marianne is a great candidate for a Kiva Zip loan.
How long have you known this person?

1 year - 3 years

Tell us about your relationship with this borrower.

Little Rock is truly "a big small town." I am not a native of Arkansas, yet I feel like I am because we are so interconnected; particularly those of us who live & work in the South Main Street (SOMA) area. So, it's hard to remember when we started to really know each other. We probably first met when Marianne waitressed at our wonderful local food restaurant, The Root Cafe. It is diagonally across the block from The Green Corner Store & Soda Fountain where I work & play. Marianne is an artist who is a vendor at the store. We also see each other at The White Water Tavern, a local food place since Jonathan (who is Marianne's partner) became the chef.  Marianne frequently helps out at the Tavern. Most months, we see each other weekly, if not more often. If I don't see her, I see her partner, Jonathan, who I have known just as long. They provide paninis for the soda fountain (which my daughter manages.) That's what I mean about our part of Little Rock - lots of overlap, lots of collaborative efforts. We work & play together; we don't let each other down. Marianne makes the best strawberry jam I've tasted in my 55 years of tasting jam.

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

It makes me grin to describe Marianne & Jonathan. I'm not going to try to separate them because they are a team, an effective team. They are passionate about their endeavors - raising & serving locally raised food, creating jewelry from found objects like fishing lures, collaborating with other businesses (boozy milkshakes at White Water Tavern where our local Loblolly Creamery ice cream team comes to the bar the first Wednesday of every month is a fine example of that.) Common sense, integrity & commitment are blended in with their passion for what they do. They are also two of the most genuinely kind people I have yet to meet, even when flustered or disappointed.

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

Marianne & Jonathan have a farm, not far from Little Rock, Vader View Acres. They plan to eventually add a custom butcher shop, a small facility that will be process meat for people who raise their own animals as well as for the many hunters in Arkansas, for the customers' own consumption. This loan is for a pilot, the first step towards realizing this goal. There is nowhere in our state where people can take their sheep or chickens, let alone a deer they shot, & have it custom processed. Not only will Vader View Farm process the meat, they will offer special recipes. But first, they will build a facility to process their own poultry and rabbits.  The meat will be used by Jonathan, in his own special recipes, at the White Water Tavern. The loan Marianne has requested is modest, yet it will allow them to search for & purchase reliable gently used equipment to get started. I reviewed their equipment needs, their budget & their timeline, which are realistic. This will allow them to take the first big step towards their goal, without negatively impacting their other projects. Although their combined income isn't huge, they will be keeping the jobs that provide the income they live on now & continuing to sell art as well as canned local fruits and vegetables. They are resourceful & creative. I have no doubt that they will repay their loan, possibly ahead of time.

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PAYING BACK

A loan of $3,000 helps me to purchase the equipment needed to start our poultry processing facility on our homestead farm.

Disbursed Mar 26, 2013
Repayment Term:
20 monthly payments
Grace Period:
N/A
Listed:
Mar 14, 2013
Disbursed:
Mar 26, 2013
Paying Back:
Mar 27, 2013

About Vader View Acres

Industry:
Food production
Years in Operation:
New Business
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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
Location:
Little Rock, AR
Badges:
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On Zip Since:
Mar 14, 2013
(13 months)
Loans Endorsed:
1
Total Value:
$3,000
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 Marianne?

It makes me grin to describe Marianne & Jonathan. I'm not going to try to separate them because they are a team, an effective team. They are passionate about their endeavors - raising & serving locally raised food, creating jewelry from found objects like fishing lures, collaborating with other b...

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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