A loan of $800 helped purchase materials like leather and iron fittings.

Gildardo De Jesus's story

Gildardo de Jesus C. P. lives in the town of Baranoa, located on the highway that goes from Barranquilla to Cartagena. He is 58 years old and married with 4 children, from 24-30 years old. He works makes saddles and leather goods in the town; he makes and sells wallets, saddles and farm tools. This is his second loan through Mario Santo Domingo Foundation; his previous loan helped him to buy his materials in greater quantities to increase his production and his sales. Now he is seeking a $800 loan to invest in his business and buy more materials like leather and iron fittings.

Gildardo was a veterinarian and he began his work on farms where, in addition to helping the animals, he began to repair the farm tools and saddles; finally, he decided to specialize in saddles and leather work through classes he took at SENA. Now he makes wallets, saddles and farm tools, creating his goods in the agricultural sector of Baranoa, Sabanalarga, and Barranquilla; in 2003, he moved to Baranoa, a region famous for its food and its Chicharron Festival. In spite of his success, he feels like one thing he lacks is working capital to increase his production; he dreams of buying a sewing machine that will help him better finish his products since he currently does it by hand.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Scott Crandall

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