A loan of $1,275 helped to buy women's sandals to sell.

Santiago's story

Santiago, 61, is single and has a 14-year-old son; he lives in the municipality of Choloma’s López Arellano neighborhood in Cortes.

Santiago earns his living buying and selling shoes from place to place and on order; he’s always been a merchant. He has 16 years’ experience. He sells shoes for women, men and school shoes for children. He takes advantage of weekends to sell more. He sets himself up across from an assembly plant and waits for the employees to offer them his products.

His business has grown thanks to loans and the one he’s requesting now is his 5th and is for 24,000 lempiras that he’ll use to buy sandals in assorted styles for women since he has pending orders to fill. With this investment he will increase sales and income. His future goal is to have a locale in front of his house to set up the business and have a fixed locale for it.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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