Sr. Porfirio is married to Sra. Betty. They live in Pampahasi which is located 20 minutes from the city centre of La Paz. His youngest son, who is still a minor, works as a driver for the local union. Sr. Profirio is a cobbler and makes boots and ankle boots for women in a small workshop he has at home. Don Porfirio used to work at a factory where he learned to make these shoes and he has had his own workshop for several years now. At the moment, Don Porfirio does not have a skiver machine which helps to bevel the leather at the edges so that it is easier to handle when making the seams. This is why he is asking for a loan in order to buy a skiver machine. One of his greatest desires is to expand his workshop and be able to increase his income.
El Sr. Porfirio es casado con la Sra. Betty viven en la zona Pampahasi que esta ubicada a veinte minutos del centro de la ciudad de La Paz, su ultimo hijo menor trabaja como chofer en el sindicato de la zona, el Sr. Porfirio se dedica a la costura de botas y botines para mujeres en un pequeño taller que tiene instalado en su casa. Don Porfirio trabajaba en una fábrica donde aprendió a realizar estos calzados y desde hace varios años que ya tiene su propio taller. En este momento don Porfirio no tiene una máquina desvastadora la cual ayuda a desgastar el cuero por los bordes para poder manipular este material al momento de realizar la costura y es de esta manera que solicita este préstamo para poder comprar esta máquina. Uno de sus mayores anhelos es poder ampliar su taller y así de esta manera incrementar sus ingresos.
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