A loan of $1,150 helped buy synthetic, leather and canvas materials to make shoes and buy clothing.

Rosalbina Maria's story

Rosalbina is 56 years old and makes leather, faux-leather and similar items to make her wares, she also sells various merchandize like clothing and accessories that she combines with her leather, plastic and canvas items like shoes, handbags, wallets, etc. that she makes herself. Her work as a salesperson began 13 years ago when she became unemployed and bought a catalogue and started selling simple merchandize to her neighbors, friends, acquaintances and ex-workmates. With this business she had her first customer and began some courses to learn how to make leather products like handbags and wallets, later on she began to make and sell them to her family. Little by little Rosalbina’s sales have increased because she takes advantage of each season to make her best designs and sales. This is why she constantly needs extra work capital while she collects from previous sales and wants a credikiva, to buy synthetic, leather and canvas materials to make shoes and buy clothing to offer a kit to sell during the first vacation of the semester of the year. Rosalbina’s future goal is to have a store with her own designs and to have better sales to gain her customers’ loyalty.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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