A loan of $575 helped to purchase raw materials, such as leather, glue, accessories and hardware for making shoes.


Jaime Elias's story

Jaime is 50 years old, and has a shoemaking workshop in the municipality of Puerto Colombia, which is located on the shore of the Caribbean Sea. He lives with his life partner and their two children, ages 18 and 19. In his workshop, Jaime makes all sorts of shoes, especially women’s sandals. He learned the trade from other shoemakers when he was very young. His workshop is attached to the side of his home. Jaime is also a mason and works on contract for construction projects for homes. When he is contracted to complete a construction job, he works nights at his shoemaking workshop.

His goal is to grow his business, but he does not have the necessary capital to expand at this time. He is therefore requesting this loan, which will be his first with the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation and with Kiva. He plans to use the support from this loan to purchase raw materials, such as leather, glue, accessories and hardware for use in designing and making new shoes. He hopes that these new styles will generate good profits, since they will be both comfortable and stylish.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gillian Goodrich



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