A loan of $850 helped buy leather for making shoes.

Felipa's story

Felipa, 42, lives in her own house with her husband and two children ages 15 and 12.

She has been making footwear for 19 years. She started this business because she worked in a small shop by her husband’s side (he does the same work), and they decided to have something of their own. Their years of experience gave them the necessary knowledge to work at it independently.

Felipa feels very happy with her business. She likes the freedom she has, since she can decide the hours she works and the hours she has to spend with her family. Also, she works at her husband’s side. He sews the shoes and gives them the necessary finishings. She cuts the leather with the appropriate molds. They both receive orders in quantities from various markets in the area. They also make custom shoes. A customer in the market who cannot find shoes they like can go to Felipa’s small shop, and for a greater charge, they will make a shoe the customer likes.

She and her husband have a lot of faith that they will continue to make progress. They want to buy more machines and set up a very well equipped shop to make shoes.

This is their ninth loan with Microfinanzas Prisma. The group they belong to is very united and hard working. That is why she feels happy to belong to the group. She will use the money to buy a greater quantity of leather to make closed shoes for the winter.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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