A loan of $650 helped to buy synthetic leather, linings, yarn, and other materials in bulk.


Alexander Rafael's story

Alexander, 38 years old, works sewing bags. This work generates his principal income which he uses to support his family. This has become a family tradition, as his father also works sewing bags and with him he learned to work in all areas of operations including design, cutting, sewing, and assembling all of the necessary pieces. He worked doing this for 12 years in various enterprises, until he got tired of working for others and decided to start working independently. In 2005 he opened his own shop, investing his money and some machinary from the last place he had worked, and little by little he was able to acquire a small punching machine. With his high quality products, he was able to venture into the market where there are many accessory and bag shops, located in the center of the city, where the majority of his clients are. His biggest dream is to grow his business and have his own location, where he can put the products he makes on display.

Curently he is applying for this loan from Kiva, his first from the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, in order to buy synthetic leather, linings, yarn, and other materials in bulk in order to obtain special discounts. This will allow him to improve his prices, becoming more competitive as a result of his Kiva loan.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kaitlyn Godfrey



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