A loan of $500 helped to buy shoe-making supplies: leather, buckles, glue, raffia, nylon thread, and a sewing machine.


Isidore's story

This client is 35 years old, married, and the father of two children aged six and thirteen. Due to a lack of resources following his father’s death, he went through a difficult childhood. He learned shoe-making from his uncle; this activity has been his livelihood since 2002. With his first loan, he purchased shoe buckles, leather and fake leather, raffia and a sewing machine. His business has evolved considerably and his productivity has been increased by over 25 pairs of shoes every week. His sales have also substantially increased and he saved a lot throughout the entire loan cycle. When this second loan is granted, he will procure new first-necessity shoe-making supplies to create various models appropriate to the current season and fashion. Noted for his thorough work and his creations, he is becoming famous and wants to open a workshop and a store in which to display his sandals.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Charlotte Buecheler



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