Growing KidEssence

3 years ago, we would have never thought that seeing our products on store shelves would be a reality so when the opportunity came to us locally, we had all sorts of emotions running through our veins.  Excitement- this could really be a possibility; Nnervousness- what if the owners don't like our product?  Anxiety- how do we become successful at wholesale?  What steps do we need to take to make this successful? Fear- what if we fail?  

We've always known that our dream is to live in a world where every child is empowered through the skills they discover while their imagination runs wild.  In order to make this dream a reality, we knew we needed to work hard to get our products on store shelves.  

As of today, we are currently partnered with 10 brick + mortar boutiques across the U.S.  But that's not enough to achieve our dream.  We know we need to up our game.  And in order to do that, we have to make smart financial decisions.  

That's why we are happy to announce that KidEssence is crowdfunding a 0% interest loan on Kiva. Kiva is the first and largest micro-lending service in the world that has distributed $709 million over 10 years, in 85 different countries, among 1.5 million small businesses.

We are currently in a private fundraising period, during which we have 15 days to get 7 lenders in order to make it on the public platform where anyone on Kiva can lend to us. The funds from this loan will go towards helping us to increase the visibility of KidEssence in the marketplace by perfecting our product packaging and gaining top notch marketing tools to boost our presence in the children's educational toy industry.

We would like to ask you to lend as little $25, $50 or $100 (which you will get back!) so that we can progress to the public fundraising period. If you would like to support us, please follow this link to my profile page This is the only way your loan will be tracked as coming through us. Thanks for your support, we are honestly so grateful that you choose to value small handmade businesses like ours.

UPDATE: Our Kiva loan has been fully funded!  

Tricia Lee

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