A loan of $1,425 helped to buy shoe making supplies and equipment.

Edwin Mauricio's story

Edwin, 28, is a young married man who has three children whose ages range from 1 to 6 years. He is a worker who manages to support his family through a business making shoes for women, men and children. He started the business in 2010 in his patio with very rudimentary tools. Little by little he bought a more equipment and moved his business into a room that he set up as his workshop. Today, he not only occupies this room but almost all of the house because his business has grown and each time his orders increase to such a degree that he had to employ a helper and later on two more so that he now has three cobblers, a cutter, a decorator and himself who works in the entire productive process especially in design; his wife takes care of the sales.

With the growth of his business his working capital becomes insufficient to meet market demand which is why he’s calling on a Kiva loan, his first financing from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo that he’ll use to buy larger amounts of soles, lining, synthetics, a folder, a strip cutter, a display case and shoe trees. His dream is to open a store and to become a shoe exporting firm; this last is his great challenge.

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