A loan of $1,025 helped to repair one of his machines and purchase raw materials for making shoes.

Octavio De Jesus's story

From a very young age, Octavio has worked as a shoemaker. His father worked in a cobbler shop and taught Octavio the craft. After learning from his father, Octavio decided to open his own shop, and he now has over 25 years of experience working as a cobbler. Octavio works very hard to provide for his wife and four children, as they are his main motivation.

In his workshop, he is known for offering his clients high quality products and good prices. In fact, he does such good work, that demand for his services exceeds his ability to finish orders, so Octavio works extremely hard in order to increase his productivity. Recently, one of Octavio’s machines has broken, and he is requesting this loan in order to purchase the parts necessary to repair the machine. He also plans to utilize support from the loan to purchase raw materials for making shoes.

Octavio hopes to continue growing and developing his business so that he can offer employment to others. He also hopes that, as a result of his hard work, his family can continue to enjoy a good quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gillian Goodrich

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