A loan of $1,075 helped to buy raw materials like thread, glue, soles and fabric.

Gonzalo De Jesus's story

With more than 35 years’ experience, Gonzalo has been making women’s and men’s shoes to distribute to shoe merchants in the city of Medellín. He carried out this activity from a small space he’s set up to do so in his living room; he works every day from 7am until 6pm and with much effort and dedication manages to earn income to support his wife and son. At the age of 56, Gonzalo needs to buy raw materials like fabric, thread, glue and shoe soles to work with, to complete his production and to fill customer orders. In the short run, Gonzalo dreams with expanding his business and setting it up in a space apart from his house.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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