Farmers interested in developing new products often lack the start-up funds necessary to begin these initiatives. To address this problem in creating a sustainable food system, an enterprising group of Kenyon students began an effort to create a microloan program to assist farmers and other economic innovators in Knox County. Working with faculty, agricultural groups, community business leaders, and local foundations, a student intern has solidified this project by securing the group’s non-profit status, developing publicity materials, and securing funds with which to make low-interest loans. Local Lenders will make its first investments in local entrepreneurs this winter.

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