A loan of $850 helped to buy supplies and raw materials for making shoes such as molds, rubber, leather, etc.

Roberto's story

Roberto has been making footwear for approximately 25 years. He previously worked for a company but one day decided to start working for himself owing to the low wages he earned from his job. He started making footwear in his own workshop and even reached the stage where he sends them abroad. Owing to a crisis that he experienced which lasted a while, Roberto was forced to close his workshop and work making footwear for third parties. Thanks to his commitment to his work, however, he was able to overcome his difficulties and re-open his workshop, albeit with very little capital. As Roberto's products are very good quality, he has been able to attract a large number of customers and gradually make progress in his business. He currently experiences very good sales but, owing to the low production capacity of his workshop, he sometimes cannot fill all of the orders from his customers. With the aim of increasing his production capacity and filling these orders, Roberto is hoping to take out a loan which will allow him to buy the supplies and raw materials he needs to make shoes such as molds, rubber, leather, etc.

Roberto hopes to continue improving his workshop and to reach the level of sales he enjoyed before he experienced his crisis. Roberto dreams of being able to offer more jobs to people who need them most. He currently employs two people who never had work opportunities.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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