"Absolutely blown away"

- Steve, Quikiks

I first heard of Kiva after winning a business plan competition in November 2014.  A member of the Kiva team was in the audience and came over to me afterwards and asked if I needed more funding.  “YES!” I said, and she proceeded to tell me about Kiva.  About two months later, I launched my Kiva campaign, and I was absolutely blown away and humbled by the generosity of the Kiva community!  In just three short weeks, we raised $10,000 with the help of a matching loan program by Deutsche Bank– and it came just in the nick of time. 

You see, inspired by my son’s inability to put on his shoes because he was in a scoliosis brace, I spent about six years developing the first fully supportive, totally hands-free operable shoes for people with physical and cognitive challenges, obtaining patents, and lining up manufacturing.  My resources were almost completely exhausted, and the funds raised through the Kiva campaign provided capital at a very critical time by allowing us to start production and give us enough runway to secure further investment.

Now, we are on the market and starting to get our special shoes on the people that need them.  Please check them out at Quikiks.com!

Thank you Kiva and the Kiva family for playing such an important role in making it possible!!


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Kathinka K. Nakstad

Kathinka moved to San Francisco to pursue her BBA degree, with a major in marketing. Being form Norway, she time to time misses the different seasons (especially winters with snow). One of her hobbies consists of finding a part of a city and explore it for a whole day. Checking out cool boutiques, and the best places to eat. Two of her favorite places to visit are Budapest and Vienna. No wonder her dream job would be to travel the world and write about the places she visits.