A loan of $1,000 helped to buy leather, glue, soles and buckles to make shoes.


Petrona Del Carmen's story

Petrona is a humble artisan who makes shoes in the city of Granada. She is married and has five children; two are studying and the rest help her at the workshop. Petrona started this business together with her husband. She sold meat before, which was her family’s business. When she got married, her husband worked in a shoe workshop; they joined forces and decided to start their own workshop, where their children also work. This is how the family makes a living today, selling in Managua and the surroundings and looking for new markets. Petrona is requesting a loan to buy leather, glue, soles and buckles. She wants to fulfill all the orders they have and the loan will help them to have all the raw material they need to work. Her plans are to enlarge the workshop and employ new artisans, and to offer a wide variety for men and women, promoting the local shoe industry.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Santiago Mejía Dugand


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