February 15, 2015

January 19, 2015

Black Shell Cordovan is now available

Black Shell Cordovan watch straps are now available in limited supply. There is enough black shell cordovan for approximately 12 watch straps.

Shell cordovan is far denser and glossier than essex or chromexcel because it is a very different kind of leather. More than just a color, it is a very specific leather, from a particular part of a horsehide.  The irregular oval shaped shells are tanned, stuffed, shaved, and then polished – a process taking at least six months.  Each shell is slowly steeped in gentle vegetable liquors. The shells are genuine hot stuffed then slicked onto glass frames to dry.  Each shell is hand curried and shaved by highly skilled artisans to expose the shell. Dyes are hand rubbed on for a deep aniline finish. Finally, the shells are hand glazed to achieve the rich, glossy look and feel prized by fine craftsmen.”

January 19, 2015

Thanks to customers, Strapping Fellow has made a $50 loan to Emily from Kenya and a $50 loan to Miguel from Guatemala

So far, Strapping Fellow has loaned $1,750 to entrepreneurs all over the wold through Kiva.

Miguel is a 47 year old man who works very hard to support his family, including four children. He makes a living selling bananas. He inherited this type of work from his parents, who were also involved in this trade. He carries out his work in the village where he lives. This type of business is very profitable and helps him to generate the economic resources he needs to take care of his family. He has been involved in this work for more than 30 years, and his children help him.

With this loan, he will buy land.

One of his main dreams is that in the future, his profits will help him to buy more land so that he can then pass these lands onto his children. You can read more about him on his Kiva profile.

Emily is a 45 year old mother of three from Kabiyet, a remote village in the Eldoret area of Kenya.

For the past 10 years, her primary sources of income have been crops and animal farming. Emily passionately loves farming and has even nicknamed one of her cows “Tuyai” (this is from a person’s name), and whenever she is milking her cow, she feels proud. She is content with the farming way of life.

Her biggest challenge in farming is irrigating her farm. She is requesting a loan to buy a generator that she will use in pumping water from the river to her farm. Irrigation is used to assist in the growing of agricultural crops, maintenance of landscapes, and re-vegetation of disturbed soils in dry areas and during periods of inadequate rainfall.

Through this loan, she will be able to double her crop production, and this will translate to more income. Through the extra income from farming, she will be able to support her family and keep up with her rising family expenses. You can read more about her on her 
Kiva profile.

January 02, 2015

Thanks to customers, Strapping Fellow has made a $50 loan to Josué Elmer from El Salvadore and a $50 loan to Saumu from Kenya

Elmer, 25, is in a relationship and has two children ages 5 and 3. He was only able to attend school through fourth grade of primary school because his family couldn’t pay for his education. His wife works from home and just she and their two children depend on him. Elmer is a vendor who sells sweet bread and French bread from his motorcycle. He has done this work for over four years and learned from a friend. He works every day, traveling around 22 kilometers. He is requesting this loan to repair his motorcycle and invest in his business. He dreams of giving his children an education and building his own home.You can read more about him on his Kiva profile below.


Saumu is a married woman and has two children, both of whom attend school. She lives at a rental that has electricity and piped water. She has operated a tailoring business for the past four years. She makes suits for women and men. Her potential clients are ladies and gents. She dreams of establishing a boutique in the future.

With the 50,000 KES, she wants to purchase cloth materials and sewing thread for her business. You can read more about her on her Kiva profile below.


Strapping fellow has now loaned $1,650 through Kiva!
November 24, 2014

Thanks to customers, Strapping Fellow has made a $50 loan to Asel from Kyrgyzstan and a $50 loan to Dmitrii from Kyrgyzstan

Dmitrii is a freshman at the American University of Central Asia, Department of Business Administration. He says "I think that my mission in this world is not finished and I can do more exciting things along with my study at AUCA. I understand that hobbies are good and free entertainment, but I need to get a higher education to be sure of my future, and hope I will be the best at AUCA, too. Your loan will help me win many more “life contests and battles” that will have positive impact on my community. Thank you in advance." You can read more about him on his Kiva profile.

Asel is a first-year student at the American University of Central Asia, Department of Sociology. She says "Having the opportunity to support my education, and my family, with the KIVA loan is extremely important, and I am thankful to KIVA lenders all ever the world for believing in me and investing in my future!” You can read more about her on her Kiva profile.

November 06, 2014

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October 12, 2014

Thanks to customers, Strapping Fellow was able to make a $50 Kiva loan to Janet from The Philippines and a $50 loan to Yousef from Palestine

Strapping fellow has now loaned $1,450 through Kiva!

Janet is a married woman with four children, two of whom are in school. She is a 30-year old entrepreneur and has an abaca weaving business in the Philippines. She has requested a loan to purchase additional raw materials for her business. Janet has been in this business for five years. In the future, she would like to save enough money to afford to send her children to college. You can read more about her on her Kiva profile.

Yousef is a 24-year-old married man from Khan Younis. He lives with his wife and one kid. Yousef opened a workshop for aluminum where he makes high-quality windows and doors in different shapes. Yousef would like to improve his business and expand it in the future. He requested this loan to help him to buy raw materials for his aluminum workshop. By taking this loan, Yousef will be able to increase his productivity and take more orders. You can read more about him on his Kiva profile.

September 03, 2014

Cloudy Sky Leatherworks is now Strapping Fellow

Innovation is the lifeblood of commerce. For Cloudy Sky Leatherworks, that innovation was offering an affordable high-quality custom leather watch strap to an international market. Since the founding of CSL in January 2013, innovation has continued through the improvement of the online storefront and the expansion of product offerings to include two-piece straps, button stud straps, leather watch backings, black essex leather, walnut essex leather, green chromexcel leather, black buckles, and the option to taper two-piece straps.

Now, it’s time to innovate upon the brand. Cloudy Sky Leatherworks has been renamed Strapping Fellow to more accurately reflect the products and lifestyle being offered.
September 03, 2014

July 31, 2014

Thanks to customers, Cloudy Sky Leatherworks was able to make a $50 Kiva loan to Aiymbubu from Kyrgyzstan

Aiymbubu is a 52 years old divorced mother of three children. She has a high school education and she raises livestock, which is the family's main source of income. She started this four years ago with the sum of 10,000 som (KGS). Thanks to her hard work, Aiymbubu now has 20 sheep and two horses, as well as a 2.15 hectare plot of land, on which she grows sainfoin. As an additional source of income for her family, she sews blankets and mattresses and sells them to the local residents. Her total monthly income is about 20,000 som (KGS). With the goal of developing her business further, Aiymbubu has turned to Bai-Tushum for a loan of 75,000 som (KGS) to buy cows to increase her head of livestock. She wants to sell milk, as she already has potential customers for this. She plans to use the income from this loan to further increase her head of livestock and she also wants to save up money for her daughter's wedding.

You can read more about Bekhal on her Kiva profile.

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