The City of Long Beach has officially launched Kiva Long Beach. Through the Kiva Long Beach initiative, Long Beach entrepreneurs can now access no-fee loans to start or grow their business, and residents can help local small businesses with loans as small as $25. With a dollar-for-dollar loan match provided by the Los Angeles Local Initiatives Corporation (LA LISC), Kiva Long Beach borrowers can accomplish their fundraising goal quickly. Kiva loans service business owners who may not be able to afford loans with high interest rates, or are unable to access traditional commercial loans.
“The City is undergoing an economic resurgence and now is the time to ensure that this economic growth is equitable and reaches into every Long Beach neighborhood,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Access to capital for small and diverse businesses is essential for creating local jobs and inclusive development within our local communities.”
As of today, the first official Kiva Long Beach campaign has been fully funded. Tromaine Ellis, known to many as the LBC Photographer for his photography work in Long Beach, successfully raised a loan of $5,000 to help upgrade his photography and video equipment. Ellis is supported by the World-Famous VIP Business & Creative Media Incubator (VIP). Tromaine will run his business from VIP’s incubator, which is slated to open in late June 2018.
“We are delighted to initiate Kiva in Long Beach through our Knight Donor Advised fund that works to make meaningful impact around economic opportunity, harnessing talent and civic engagement. We’re looking forward to seeing this program support residents to grow their business in Long Beach,” said Marcelle Epley, President and CEO of the Long Beach Community Foundation.
The City currently has nine established Kiva Trustees that identify entrepreneurs who may benefit from a Kiva loan and help support borrowers in launching and funding successful loan campaigns.
ABC Black Foundation.
Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association.
California State University, Long Beach Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Downtown Long Beach Alliance.
United Cambodian Community.
Valley Economic Development Center.
World Famous VIP Business and Media Incubator.
The Zaferia Business Association.
Kiva Long Beach originated with a Council item brought forth by Vice Mayor Rex Richardson, and supported by Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez, Councilwoman Stacy Mungo and Councilman Dee Andrews.
Establishing Kiva in the City of Long Beach was made possible by the Long Beach Community Foundation who provided the initial grant to fund LA LISC.
For more information and to search for borrowers in Long Beach, the community can visit Kiva.org.