A loan of $450 helped to buy tanned cowhide, foam, PVC resin, rivets, cotton cord, rings, thread, white and yellow glue, fibers, fine lining, buckles, polish, paint thinner, and Guatemalan fabric.


Oscar Antonio's story

Señor Oscar Antonio is a shoemaker, 43 years old, married, and lives is the Department of Masaya. For eight years he has been the owner of a small shoemaking shop, which consists of making footwear for women and men. He makes his sales in the eastern market in the city of Managua, which he travels to in order to commercialize his work. He has customers in the town market of Masaya and relies on a customer who travels to the neighboring country of Honduras where he sells the sandals. His immediate family is made of three people; his wife and his school-aged son. He works in his business with his wife who has supported him in order to get ahead. He is asking for a loan in order to buy raw material like tanned cowhide, foam, PVC resin, rivets, cotton cord, rings, thread, white and yellow glue, fibers, fine lining, buckles, polish, paint thinner, and Guatemalan fabric. He says that this loan helps him to increase his sales and improve his earnings.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Sawyer



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