A loan of $525 helped to buy leather, synthetics and Hindu clothing to continue producing products that are color-coordinated and designed according to current fashion.

William Arturo's story

William Bolívar S., 32, has a family composed of his wife and three children, whose ages range from 11 to 15 years. He has supported his family through is work in leather goods. He has a business where he manufactures and sells purses, belts, shoes and accessories, made from leather and synthetic materials, located in the Techo neighborhood which is very close to the Plaza de las Américas in the Zona Rosa (trendy area) in the southwest part of Colombia’s capital.

In the year that he has been associated with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo he has managed to improve the infrastructure of his locale leading to improved display of his merchandise; he added Hindu clothing and footwear to his inventory recently with which he creates beautiful complete outfits which cause many people to come by to buy sets made up of dress, shoes, purse and accessories in order to project a good image in their way of dressing.

He is asking for his second loan because he needs to buy leather, synthetics and Hindu clothing in order to continue to manufacture products that are color-coordinated and designed fashionably.

His dream for the long run is to have his own home and an elegant store. His daily challenge is to increase sales, adding value and new products such as sandals and Hindu clothing which he began to sell a year ago when sales dropped; this decision has brought about revitalized sales.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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