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Brandie

Blue Morpho Apothecary

Maumelle, AR

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Personal Story

It all started with a trip to Costa Rica a few years ago. What began as just a study abroad course observing animal behavior in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve quickly developed into a deep interest and passion for herbal medicine, living simply, and what I like to call “eco-liciousness.”

Having been raised by parents who I would affectionately refer to as “health nuts,” I did my best to rebel against their alternative/natural health school of thought during my teen years. Oh, how I hated being that weird kid who didn’t drink sodas and used a different brand of deodorant than all my friends!

But, somewhere deep within this cloud forest I began to experience a connection with the local ticos, and ultimately -- with my youth and myself. I learned to embrace not only their way of life, but their passion for the flora and fauna of the area.

When I returned home, I was inspired to change directions in my life. Although I was still interested in healthcare and helping people, I began to question conventional health practices and started looking for more natural alternatives instead. I explored herbal remedies for any ailments that I experienced, and offered my advice to any family or friends that would listen. I bought books on herbs and began to teach myself about their amazing ability to heal.

And then, one day, in a stroke of brilliance – you know, the kind that only happens once every so often – it occurred to me that people needed to reconnect not only with a simpler way of living, but with their inner beauty as well. Just as a flower unfurls its petals and leans toward the sun, so should our bodies “lean” toward products that offer natural sensory experiences – whether it be through touch, sight, taste, smell or even sound.

Business Description

So often we get caught up in a “movement” like eating organic foods (which I strongly believe in!), and tend to forget some of the finer details. Like how important it is to nourish our bodies from the outside in - especially through our skin. As you may know, today’s beauty industry is wholly unregulated, and abundant with a plethora of products that are chock full of harmful and toxic ingredients. I knew there was a better alternative, and I knew that I could help to create it.

From here, Blue Morpho Apothecary was born.

To me, what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body – after all, the skin is the body’s largest organ! Just as you wouldn’t want to eat something that you can’t pronounce, you wouldn’t want to absorb those toxic chemicals through your skin. With Blue Morpho Apothecary, I am committed to creating products that are free of:

- aluminum
- artificial colors
- benzoates
- formaldehydes
- GMOs
- parabens
- paraffin
- petrochemicals
- phthalates
- sulfates
- synthetic fragrances

Instead, my ingredients are truly natural. They are derived from certified organic sources, and are oftentimes raw, vegan, and ethically wild-harvested. And of course, I never test on animals. I love our furry friends! Likewise, this philosophy carries over to my packaging where you will find biodegradable cellophane, PET plastic bottles that can easily be refilled or re-purposed, and recycled tissue paper & packing boxes.

After all, we only have one Mother Earth, and we gotta treat her right the first time ‘round!

BLUE MORPHO APOTHECARY – creating a natural metamorphosis of your senses.

What is the purpose of this loan?

This loan will enable me to further develop and grow my product line. A majority of the money will be spent to purchase ingredients (i.e. essential oils, loose herbs, waxes, etc.) from certified organic sources so I can create candles, perfumes, tea blends and more.

A smaller portion will go towards the purchase of more product containers so that I can begin offering sample sizes as well as either PET plastic or glass options for my products.

Finally, I will use the rest of the money for business cards, labels and additional promotional items so that I can continue to spread the word and grow my client base.

Brandie's loan is endorsed by Janice Harris. The information below explains why her trustee thinks Brandie 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.

We met at a global information function, held by her father. We talk often, and of course I buy her products.

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

I had an opportunity to spend time with her in Las Vegas. She mostly studied her products and how to make them better. I liked her initiative, she truly likes her work. She explained that she made teas, body care products and developed special products for individuals. She is bright, smart, and funny, not to mention ambitious.

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

Brandie makes teas, body care products and develops products for individual needs. She met her goal in sales on her Etsy site. Creating natural products is something she wants to do as a career. She is professional, does her own testing, website, and packaging, and I know she would put this loan to refining her product further.

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PAYING BACK

A loan of $2,500 helps me to expand my product line and grow my dream job into a successful business.

Disbursed May 19, 2013
Repayment Term:
18 monthly payments
Grace Period:
N/A
Listed:
Mar 14, 2013
Disbursed:
May 19, 2013
Paying Back:
May 20, 2013

About Blue Morpho Apothecary

Industry:
Beauty / Cosmetics
Years in Operation:
1 year - 3 years
Website:
mybluemorpho.etsy.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:
Individual
Location:
Little Rock, AR
Badges:
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On Zip Since:
Mar 14, 2013
(13 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 Brandie?

I had an opportunity to spend time with her in Las Vegas. She mostly studied her products and how to make them better. I liked her initiative, she truly likes her work. She explained that she made teas, body care products and developed special products for individuals. She is bright, smart, and f...

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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