A loan of $1,600 helped to buy materials like leather, fabric, glue, thread, molds.

Miriam Del Carmen's story

Miriam is 49 years old, married and works making shoes and handbags, has done this for many years, she started it after taking courses offered in the area and saw a good business opportunity with this activity. After completing the finished product she goes out to sell to her family, friends and neighbors of the area where she lives, this way she earns income to help with the economic burden at home. She is judicious, helpful and devoted to her work, but the need of cash has caused materials to get low and production to be reduced, this is why she decided to take the loan and increase her working capital, buy materials (leather, fabric, glue, thread, molds) to have enough on hand and meet her clients requests, satisfy their needs and taste. Miriam dreams with making her business grow and make it become a great shoe factory recognized for its excellent service and quality, that allows her to offer job opportunities and this way also increase income and contribute to the support of her home and improve her quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sofia Burt

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