A loan of $1,125 helped purchase raw materials such as leather and leather by-products, as well as inputs such as sticky studs and other adornments that highlight the beauty of feminine feet.


Victor Manuel's story

Victor Manuel makes sandals and other footwear, but he must wait to collect the little money he makes from selling his products in order to reinvest. This means he can´t buy in large quantities, which would decrease his production costs and enable him to compete with better prices in a highly competitive market. That´s the reason why he is requesting a loan to the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo.The organisation got his attention when he heard about its services from a loudspeaker installed in a vehicle; he and his neighbours approached it to talk to its advisors and signed up on the spot.

Victor has three years experience in the business. His workshop is on the second floor of his house. He learnt to make footwear at the SENA (National Learning Services). He has since brought his innovative abilities and hard and constant work to the business - he works from 8am to 6pm from Monday to Saturday.

His target market is mostly sellers with shops strategically located in the centre of town, as well as housewives in his community, where his talent is well known. With the loan he plans to buy raw materials such as leather and leather by-produts, as well as other items such as sticky studs and other adornments that highlight the beauty of feminine feet and make his designs the prettiest in the Barranquilla market.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alba Sort



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