"Kiva fuels Amps national scaling!"

- Patrick, Amp Your Good


My name is Patrick O'Neill from Mendham, NJ USA. I started Amp Your Good to change one of the most common forms of giving in the US - donating food to support people facing food insecurity.   Traditional food drives are limited to the non-perishable food donations, often highly processed, unhealthy food items.  People struggling with food insecurity also struggle with high rates of diet related health issues - things like diabetes, obesity and hypertension. Amp Your Good enables people to fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, and other healthy food so people facing food insecurity get the kind of food they really need. 

We used our Kiva loan in late spring/early summer 2016 to help us demonstrate that Amp could operate on a national scale. With that success, we've been able to partner with national and international organizations to help us grow and effect positive impact more quickly. See our biggest news to date: #GiveHealthy.

My advice to Kiva borrowers is to make sure you tell your story clearly.  If you are doing good work and communicate how the loan will help you, you will get the support you are looking for.   The Kiva community is full of people looking for good projects to support. In our case, people from across the US, Europe and Asia supported our Kiva loan.

Kiva team, you guys are awesome.


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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.