A loan of $1,175 helped to buy leather for making children's shoes.


Jessica's story

Jessica is 40 years old. She lives in her own house with her husband and her two sons who are 15 and 12 years old. For the past 20 years, she has been making children's shoes. She was encouraged by her husband who had experience in this line of work because he had worked in shoe-making shops from the time he was very young. Together they decided to begin their own business, which has meant much sacrifice. But now it is their main source of income. Jessica helps her husband in the less difficult tasks. Shoe-making is very difficult work, requiring sewing, cutting, and gluing, and in large quantities because of the number of orders they fill. Each day they make 12 pairs of small shoes, which is no easy feat since they work alone and they can’t stop because by the end of the day they have to deliver the shoes to the Gamarra shopping center (one of the best-known in Lima), which is where they get the most orders. Jessica is very content because thanks to this job she has been able to build her house, which she is improving little by little. She also likes making children’s shoes because they are nicer looking and they can alternate styles and colors. In the future she hopes to continue producing and to have a larger workshop where they can show and sell their shoes. Jessica has been a borrower with Microfinanzas PRISMA for a long time. This is her 9th loan and she has always been very punctual in all her payments, as have the other members of her group. With the money that she is requesting this time, she will buy a large amount of leather and shoe soles to cover the orders she currently has.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jennifer Day


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