Category Archives: Kiva Pittsburgh

Safi Juice

Safi Juice is a local health company located in Pittsburgh, PA that specializes in juice, smoothies, cold-brewed coffee and other healthy food items. Safi Juice is dedicated to helping individuals embrace a healthy lifestyle through food and activity. “The goal of my business is providing affordable, healthy products, while making sure that the community is getting involved with what we are doing.” – Sharif, owner Sharif Rasheed, owner of Safi Juice, is using his Kiva loan to develop a strong marketing presence and gain access to working capital. Since receiving his loan in 2016, Sharif has worked to build his…

Storypearls, LLC

Storypearls, LLC located in Pittsburgh, PA combines the power of custom-tailored author programs and residencies with the power of personalized, autographed books. Sydelle Pearl, owner of Storypearls, is a children’s author and storyteller that seeks to inspire as many people as she can through her journey. Three words sum up the mission of Storypearls: imagination, culture, and kindness. “It’s important to feel the power of stories, because they have the capability to change us as humans.” ~ Sydelle Pearl This fall, Sydelle released her latest book, Wordwings, through the Canadian publisher, Guernica Editions. This historical novel, set in the Warsaw Ghetto,…

Karibu International Market

(In English) Karibu International Market offers immigrants and native Pittsburghers a place to purchase authentic ingredients used in African, Latino, and Caribbean dishes. Owner, Denise Mwangala, moved from the Democratic Republic of Congo to the United States in 2006 and quickly noticed that she and many other immigrants were having trouble finding grocery items from their home countries. In December 2014, Denise founded Karibu International Market in Whitehall, PA. Denise chose the name ‘Karibu’ after the Swahili word for ‘welcome’. “The store caters to immigrants who have no access to their home country’s food. I also wanted local residents to…

La Palapa

(In English) La Palapa is a Mexican gourmet restaurant that opens a window to Mexican culture through its kitchen’s delicious flavors. Restaurant owners Jesus and José Luis are experienced chefs who, through their experiences traveling from Mexico to countries in Europe and the Middle East, believe that different cultures can beautifully come together through the sharing of good meals. They decided to bring back this concept to Pittsburgh through La Palapa. “La Palapa is now an urban Mexican restaurant where we try to show our culture through the flavors of our kitchen.” – Jesus, Co-owner Jose Luis and Jesus received…

Event Medic PGH

Event Medic PGH is an event medical standby service specializing in safety and first aid for local events and organizations in the Pittsburgh region. Ryan, the business’s founder and owner, entered the field of public safety in 2009 when he became a volunteer firefighter and has gotten further involved since then. Working and volunteering in public safety has opened his eyes to a whole new world of giving back to his community. “We provide an alternative to local ambulance services; we are seeking to provide more value for our clients at a much lower price.” Event Medic PGH sends medical…

Naked Geometry

James is an artist who is interested in showcasing the beauty of geometry and woodworking using ethical and sustainable local wood. Naked Geometry creates functional design to craft everything from end tables to lamps to pendants. His environmentally friendly, community-based business is based out of Pittsburgh but is continuing to expand. “I don’t think I would be here if I wasn’t in this community, the community here is the honestly one of the most supportive places I have been in my life.” Kiva has had a huge impact on James and his business. Without capital to purchase proper tooling, his…

Dental Hygiene Nation

Caitlyn is a registered Dental Hygienist on a mission to provide dental fashion for dental enthusiasts. Her business based out of Oakdale, PA was created to bring a sense of community to like minded professionals in her profession. “We are a dental scrub line for dental professionals, made by dental professionals, who are changing the look of dentistry everyday.” Dental Hygiene Nation started as a social media presence known as Dental Hygiene Problems. Caitlyn created the Twitter account, Dental Hygiene Problems, in college as a prank for her dental hygiene class. Soon the page grew to have thousands of followers…

Thriving Business Thursday presents D’s Natural Products

D’s Natural Products is a cosmetic and body products line that includes an array of natural pain creams, body butters, natural deodorant, oils, scrubs and more! Five years ago, owner Danielle Darr began creating all-natural products for herself and her family.  Soon after, she started selling to co-workers, family members, and those who heard about D’s Natural Products through word of mouth. With the help of a Kiva loan, Danielle has been able to make her products available to an even wider audience!   “Kiva has not only been able to help my business financially but has given me opportunities…

Thriving Business Thursday presents Popsburgh

Popsburgh is a small business that brings Mexican-style, handcrafted, ice pops to the people of Pittsburgh. Established in 2014, Popsburgh makes all-natural, hand-crafted, delicious frozen treats for people and dogs of all ages. The business’ goal is to craft wholesome food products using only natural ingredients and strive to make refreshing, delicious, and nutritious snacks. Popsburgh can be found all over Pittsburgh! Pops are for sale in open-air public venues around the city via custom bicycle carts as well as being featured in some local retailers. Craig McCloud is the owner of Popsburgh and loves owning his small business. Craig…

Anastasia’s Crown

Anastasia’s Crown Esthetic Services offers a host of beauty services for women including make-up applications and tutorials, waxing, special event make-up, and Endermologie treatments for cellulite. Business owner Yvette Renee Royal is a licensed esthetician with almost 20 years of experience and a certified Endermologist.  Located inside Sola Salon Studios in East Liberty, Anastasia’s Crown is in a convenient location for women throughout Pittsburgh. “Our mission for Anastasia’s Crown Esthetic services is for women to feel like they have become the most beautiful version of themselves, completely transformed.” -Yvette, Owner. In March 2016, Yvette crowdfunded a Kiva small business loan…

I Made It! Market

Attention Pittsburgh makers and food vendors!! Need a way to get your product in front of shoppers, but don’t have a storefront? Consider participating in a pop-up event held by I Made It! Market, a nomadic marketplace that provides opportunities for emerging artists and craftsmen to showcase their products and bring them directly to shoppers. I Made It! Market is owned by Carrie Nardini, who also serves as a Kiva trustee.  Since launching in 2007, Carrie has helped introduce hundreds of local artists to the unique neighborhoods of Pittsburgh through IMI pop-ups, such as I Made It! for the Holidays…

Cobbler World

CobblerWorld is a Pittsburgh based bakery that distributes baked goods across western Pennsylvania. Although CobblerWorld is most famous for their cobblers, they also make other delicious desserts such as cheesecakes, turnovers, and sweet potato pies. Owner Terina Hicks has had a passion for baking almost her entire life. She began baking when she was just 14 and has not stopped since. She officially launched her business in 2014 and has loved every minute of it. “CobblerWorld is saving the world one delicious cobbler at a time!” -Terina, Owner and Chief Baker Officer Thanks to a Kiva loan in 2014, CobberWorld…

Arnold’s Tea

Arnold’s Tea is a tea cafe that specializes in selling a wide variety of hot and cold beverages, light fare, and pastries. Located on the North Side of Pittsburgh, owner Verna Arnold established a unique upscale tea cafe that caters to a diverse clientele.  Trendy and unique, Arnold’s was able to find a niche in the market that appeals to the younger Millennials as well as the older citizens of Pittsburgh. “Arnold’s Tea creates an atmosphere that offers a unique tea experience for the city of Pittsburgh!” -Verna, Owner Arnold’s Tea received a Kiva loan to purchase custom “to go”…

GetMoMuffins

MoMuffins, MoFun! GetMoMuffins is a specialty online bake shop that serves Pittsburgh and its surrounding communities. GetMoMuffins offers gourmet granola, muffins and deep dish chocolate chip cookies which all come from original recipes. Robin Stanton began GetMoMuffins back in 2012, but did not become official until 2015. The happiness her gourmet food brought her kids is what sparked her inspiration to do what she loved. Robin found a niche in the market by creating a menu with affordable prices and by providing food that makes everyone happy! “Making eating fun and affordable for most everyone is my mission!” -Robin Stanton,…

52nd Street Market

The 52nd Street Market is a true Lawrenceville staple. Although the business is just over three years old, it is run by two long-time residents and offers a mix of products that has been driven by the neighborhood, including fresh produce, local brands, freshly brewed coffee, treats for all ages, a diverse sandwich menu, and many grocery essentials. From the start, the 52nd Street Market has sought to offer the community a place where they could not just do their shopping, but also sit down over coffee with friends. Market owners Dora and Deirdre quickly embraced the spirit behind Kiva’s…