A loan of $1,200 helped starch, soles, foam.

Vicente Agrecio's story

Vicente P., 53 years old, lives in a peri-urban area on the perimeter of Guayaquil. His house is made of cement and has all basic services. He is a widower with two children.

Vicente started out working for a shoe store, making shoes and sneakers. When he was let go, he decided that the best way to ensure his own income was to have his own shoe business.

He reached his goal 30 years ago, becoming a shoemaker and maintaining a small shop. He works from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. every day. He makes shoes but also repairs them. With the loan, he wants to buy starch, soles, and foam to produce more shoes.

In the future, Vicente wants to have a large shop with industrial machines and employees to help him with the work.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Rachel McRoberts

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