A loan of $450 helped to buy raw materials, such as imitation leather, toe caps, and shoe forms.

José's story

José B. is 47 years old. He has a small factory for making shoes and purses in the San Isidro neighborhood of the city of Barranquilla. His specialty is women's and men's sandals and women's purses. He learned to make these products with his own hands when he worked as an assistant in small workshops around the city; this was how he got most of his experience. He has perfected his work day by day through observation of the market and application of his creativity; above all, he has gained knowledge through his trade of shoe-making and leather-working and from the National Service for Learning, an organization that has as its mission “Investing in the social and technical development of the Colombian workers, professional training that is integral for the incorporation and development of people in productive activities that contribute to the social, economic, and technological development of the country.”

This is his first loan with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, in cooperation with Kiva. He will buy raw materials such as imitation leather, toe caps, and shoe forms to modernize his designs and offer stylish shoes that can be adapted to the requirements of his customers and their ability to pay. He offers his products for paid-in-full and also on credit.

His main goal is to have a workshop that is well-equipped with infrastructure, and with a sales room so he can attend to customers one-on-one. He wants to offer a variety of products with designs that are adapted not only to the fashion of moment, but also to the customers’ requirements for durability and comfort. Meanwhile, he continues working hard to achieve each one of his dreams.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jennifer Day

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