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Meet Kathy Leiva of Pour Favor

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kathy Leiva.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
In the early fall of 2014, I began a journey to examine my life’s purpose. I know, it sounds cliche-ish, but the truth.

Even though, I was generally feeling content with life, but knew that I had yet to uncover my “calling.” Although, I had already had many good and tough experiences in life; I knew that this time was not a recount on my life lessons, but an examination of my purpose. I have always, since childhood, known that I am a humanitarian at heart. I have also been skilled (by profession) as a problem solver.

A combination of these two biggest forces (humanitarian+problem solver), we’re taking an effect on me (It may be part of one’s growing! 🙂 and kept mentally challenging me. At that point, I had been thinking for a few years on how (?) I could help others, in need back in Honduras (as violence keeps growing). I grew up in San Pedro Sula, Honduras (now one of the poorest most violent countries in our continent) where extreme poverty is common and need is great.

The feeling of impotence of not being able to change that fact, is so common in society there, that it is ingrained in you to ignore it as a lost cause. To which today, I say, not true, not a lost cause and not impossible to make strides to change it. If I can change it, I will. So, today is that day, and it has been ever since. I refuse to step down and ignore it. Even, if I touch ONE life, then perhaps she (or he) can change the “status quo” and pay-it-forward, as I am.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Since 2014, personally, I have learned so many aspects of not only how to start, plan and run a non-profit, but also a business. I am not a business or salesperson, so those are also skills that I had to learn (and still learning). I have made decisions that have resulted in unexpected challenges. Trying to do accomplish too much without help, for instance, it has been challenging.

Committing to aspects of the organization and how to pivot have been the most challenging. At times, something so simple as selecting a logo or branding style can result in a struggle if you are not prepared or educate yourself on those very important aspects, especially now in the era of Instagram and SEOs for promoting sales.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Pour Favor story. Tell us more about the business.
Pour Favor’s mission, is to help empower and educate women in Central America living in poverty through the sale of unique handcrafted goods. We collaborate in the design of such goods with women artisan’s to craft and develop products that we help us raise funds.

We then, use the funds to send girls to college and continue to develop more products and help with capacity building for the artisan women. I single-highhandedly make sure all aspects of the organization continue. I am its founder and also a huge risk taker, bold, brave and courageous all for women and a good cause. That is my calling!

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Good luck as come about in all of the years in business. Help from others has always come at the right time and when most needed. I consider those blessing along the way or path of helping others.

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Damelys Mendoza Photography

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