A loan of $450 helped to buy supplies and a display case.

Antonio Rafael's story

Antonio is 41 years old and has a business where he repairs shoes, purses, and brief cases. He learned this when he was very young and he worked for other people for a long time. When he got tired of working for others, because they didn’t pay him well, he decided to go out on his own and looked for a shop from which to set up his own business venture.

It was very difficult for him in the beginning, but in the end he found a light at the end of the tunnel and got a shop where he has been working for eight years. In his shop he does all kinds of repairs for shoes and purses, and he also makes artistic shoes whenever he gets an order from his customers. He offers his services from his shop and also makes house calls to those who need him and this is value added to his customers. He is requesting his first Kiva loan to buy supplies to repair shoes and purses and he also wants to buy a display case for the shoes he makes. This will provide better visibility for his business, as he wants to position himself in the shoe market in his area.

Even though everything is going well for his business, Antonio is always searching for a way to improve, so he plans to move to a larger shop so that he can have his business well organized and impact his future commercial position. He has a 16 year old daughter and his greatest dream is for her to be a successful professional, so he works with great energy and dedication. Antonio has to save up a lot in order to be able to pay university tuition in a few years. For this reason this Kiva loan will help him reach his family goal and he will see his daughter become a successful professional.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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