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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.
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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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  • $5,500
    Average annual income
  • 143
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  • $33,337,025
    Funds lent in using Kiva
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    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped Porfirio to buy a skiver machine.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 23, 2011
Oct 22, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 15, 2012