A loan of $1,125 helped to buy materials to make handbags and shoes that he already has orders for.

Ramon Antonio's story

Ramón García, 51, lives in the "Ciudadela 20 de Julio" neighborhood. He produces hand-made shoes and handbags. He has 3 children and 35 years of experience in this occupation, with which he has managed to generate income for himself and his children. He currently works with 2 of his children.

His sales are highest in the months between March and September, although in the other months sales are not bad, because he has many customers who prefer his products. In this line of work there is a lot of competition, but he is able to maintain the business because his prices are good and he is very responsible with delivering his orders. He works from 8am until 8pm Mondays through Saturdays, and this persistence gets results, as he is able to recoup his investment with a profit. However, he cannot respond quickly to his customers because he lacks sufficient capital to keep up with the pace at which his customers are demanding his products. For this reason he is requesting a Kiva loan, with which he will buy a greater quantity of raw materials and supplies to make purses and shoes that he already has orders for from stores in downtown Barranquilla for the upcoming season. His dream is to convert his small workshop into a large business, with a place where he can exhibit and sell his products and where he can produce custom-made items for the public.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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