A loan of $325 helped to buy materials and supplies for his shoe workshop.

Eduardo Rafael's story

Eduardo is a 63 year-old man who is married and has four children aged between 25 and 38. He lives in Carrizal neighborhood, a cheerful and supportive community full of hard-working people, which combines to perfection good music and microbusiness activities.

To be found in the middle of this environment is Eduardo who makes women's and children's footwear. He has been in this business since he was 14 years old when he worked as an assistant to his father. Eventually, he applied all of his technical experience to the footwear trade and started a business through which he has got his family ahead in life. It is to this business that he owes all of his income because, as he says, "I have always had work and, thanks to God, I don't want for anything". Eduardo is currently very close to being able to buy the rental home in which he has lived with his family since he was married.

Eduardo has made a lot of progress in his business, in particular due to the affection and respect with which he treats his customers. This is how he keeps his customers and he is well known in the trade as being a very responsible person both in his personal life and in his business dealings.

This Kiva loan is Eduardo's first from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo and he will use it to buy materials and supplies with which to fulfil his obligations to his customers as they have requested new and modern designs from him. For this reason, his investment will be successful.

Eduardo's dream is to continue working in order to increase his profits which have a margin of no less than 25%. He hopes that he will soon fulfil his goal of owning his own home.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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