A loan of $400 helped to buy leather, insoles, padding, tacks, glue, etc.


Jorge's story

Jorge, age 26, works manufacturing and assembling artisanal footwear. According to him, he has worked at this art daily for the past ten years. His father traditionally worked at this, as well. He and his brother have gained a lot of experience with him, and they have translated this into their own means of generating income. Currently Jorge works from 9 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon from Monday to Saturday. He makes sandals and formal footwear, paying cash for all his supplies and raw materials from specialty stores and selling them, also for cash, to retailers located downtown in the city. His future goal is to have an adequate workspace and to receive a professional degree, which will allow him to increase his chances of success. From day to day, Jorge goes to a lot of effort intermixing padding, leather, patterns, and other accessories to offer new designs and products in the market, all with an unequaled finishing touch. He is currently applying for a Kiva loan, his first loan through the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. With this he will buy leather, insoles, padding, tacks, glue, etc., with the goal of launching his most up-to-date line in the end-of-the-year season. This usually increases his earnings, and that is exactly what ensures that his Kiva loan will have great success.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Patton



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