"Scarves, jobs for Mayan artisans, and social impact!"

- Francesca, Ix Style

I’m Francesca Kennedy, and I live in New York City. I (along with some superstar interns) run Ix Style, a clothing and accessories social enterprise. Ix (pronounced "eye ex") is a charitable fashion company that sells beautiful huarache sandals, handbags, scarves/pareos, and jewelry made by Mayan artisans in Guatemala. Ix is the Mayan word for water. For every purchase, we donate to provide clean drinking water to children in Guatemala where my family is originally from.

I started my company with only $1,000 and have worked hard to grow it while also giving back. I received a 0% interest business loan from Kiva in the summer of 2016, which I used to create a line of scarves for fall and winter. I used the loan to buy materials, hire more Mayan artisans, and create ads for the scarves and bags.

I am grateful for this loan through Kiva and how fun and easy it was to fund the loan! The feedback from our lenders was inspirational! The team has supported us tremendously and brought more business opportunities for us through pop up with some of our favorite brands for the holidays!

I would tell potential borrowers to use Kiva as not only for a loan solution but as a resource to share your brand mission to a new audience!


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