May 1, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
By Kate Griesemer
Meet Chancey, Greenville’s banana bread queen


This is the first in our series spotlighting small, independent businesses in the U.S. in celebration of National Small Business week. Show your love for #smallbiz by making a loan on Kiva Zip today and helping us flash fund $150,000 in loans this week!

On just about every Saturday from May through October, you can find Chancey and her husband Dennis at their stall under a banner that reads ‘Banana Manna’ in the Greenville, South Carolina farmer’s market. Chancey has been selling her acclaimed banana bread at the market for over 10 years, ever since the family she worked for as a nanny moved away to Texas and she found herself unexpectedly unemployed.

Read more about Chancey at Kiva's Medium page.

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As a California native, Kate is thrilled to be back in the Bay Area while interning with Kiva's marketing team. After leaving her hometown of Davis, CA, Kate studied for a year  in Germany before starting college in Washington state. In 2015, she graduated from Seattle University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and international studies. As an undergraduate, Kate spent several months as a field research intern with GRAVIS, an NGO in India. Her primary responsibility was to conduct an impact assessment of the organization's water security program, which involved dozens of interviews with women in India's Rajasthan Desert. Kate is excited to learn more about nonprofit strategy during her internship with Kiva, and to contribute to its mission of addressing global inequity through financial inclusion. 

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