A loan of $300 helped to buy the materials she needs to make shoes.

Francisca Catalina's story

Francisca was born in the town of Masaya, the cradle of Nicaraguan floklore and home to many crafters. She is 54 years old and married, and lives with her two daughters, who are adults, and her husband. She is a merchant by trade. She has had her own business, which she set up with her own money by sparing no effort, for five years. It consists in a small shoemaker's workshop with two employees that makes women's shoes, and in a small grocery shop that sells meals in the evenings. Francisca works both businesses together with her husband in order to improve their lot in life. She says she likes to try out new ideas for her business and to earn her money honestly, since that is how she was brought up. At this juncture, she needs to invest in her workshop, since she is facing an increase in custom. This is why she asks for a loan in order to buy the materials she needs to make shoes: Brazilwood, mirrors, cloth, black varnish, straw soles, fine cloth, velvet, thread, felt, white glue, yellow glue, rubber soles, and others. This will enable her to face demand. She sells sandals at the town market and her grocery shop is located at her home, her customers being mainly neighbours. A few years ago, Francisca took out a loan with the same field partner, which she repaid in due time. She is asking for another loan in order to improve her and her family's financial situation.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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