A loan of $1,100 helped to purchase a joint machine and thread, buckles, and fittings.

Numa's story

Numa is 40 years old and lives in the south of the city. He has been manufacturing ladies' handbags for 20 years. He learned his trade while working in a handbag factory and gradually began adapting his technical equipment; first of all, he bought a table top sewing machine and then a trimmer, and gradually started to build up his clientele. This led him to go it alone in his own business venture. He currently forms part of an outsourcing chain which supplies different stores, who, in turn, supply basic materials, such as leather and handicrafts purchased from the Wayuu tribe, in Guajira department, in the North of Colombia. At the same time, he also works freelance, designing, cutting, sewing and finishing items. He sells his goods on credit, while he pays in cash in the specialized stores where he goes to buy leather and other supplies necessary for the production of his goods.

His aim is to expand his business and add to it by employing more technology in his processes. But his greatest challenge is to build up sufficient working capital to carry out his expansion plans. He is currently applying for a Kiva loan, his first funding, from the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, to enable him to buy a butt-seaming machine and materials such as thread and buckles. This, he hopes, will allow him to improve the quality of his products and increase their sales potential in other local markets. Such is Numa's hard work and determination, that he will certainly achieve his goals.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Janice Crossfield

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