A Hand-Crafted Business: An Interview with Sarah Daigneault of MetaMorph Jewelry

  When Sarah first heard about Kiva’s 0% interest loans from a fellow business owner within the I Made It! Market network, she thought it sounded too good to be true. “I was on the fence about whether to apply because I thought, this is never going to happen, you know what I mean? I just didn’t think that it could be that easy to attain something like that.” However, with encouragement (& an endorsement) from Kiva Trustee and owner of I Made It! Market, Carrie Nardini, Sarah applied for and fundraised a Kiva loan in August 2017. That $3,000...

Kiva Pittsburgh Impacts Region’s Economy with $1 Million in Small Business Loans

Kiva Pittsburgh is excited to announce that they have disbursed $1 million in Kiva micro-loans. Each loan is crowdfunded by hundreds of lenders from the business owner’s own community and around the world via Kiva.org. Within the Pittsburgh region, 199 individual loans totaling ,029,125 have been dispensed; 11,955 unique individuals contributed, and the average loan size was ,171. Kiva’s loans are offered at 0% interest and are not based on traditional financial criteria; instead, the character and potential of the business owner are evaluated. Carrie Nardini became a Kiva Trustee to help entrepreneurs she works with through her businesses, I...

Thriving Business Thursday feature: VideoMe

  “Everyday, we constantly remind ourselves how lucky we are to live in a world where an idea can start in your mind, and end up reaching millions of people.” -Kashiff, VideoMe co-founder Friends since attending Schenley High School, Darius, Keith, and Kashiff, sometimes can’t believe that an idea sparked three short years ago is now a reality sitting in their phones. Bringing fresh perspectives and exciting new energy to the Pittsburgh tech scene, they are the brains and business behind the dating app that is sure to flip digital dating on its head: VideoMe. VideoMe is a mobile dating...

Thriving Business Thursday feature: Dance + Be Fit

Dance And Be Fit proves that exercise can be fun! Owner Roland Ford pairs easy to follow moves with authentic encouragement and upbeat music that will make anyone want to get up and move. Roland, often called Pittsburgh’s “soul line dance king,” loves bringing dance to people of all ages and abilities. Leading line dances started off as a hobby for Roland, but by working with Urban Innovation21 and his many partners in the region, he’s built it into a business. “Dance And Be Fit has given me the opportunity to be able to share what I love, and enjoy...

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