Footwear Industry in Nicaragua

The industry sells annually about 3.5 million pairs of shoes for $ 36 million, of which 71% is sold in the domestic market.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Alejandro Delgado, president of National Leather and Footwear, explained that most exports head for Central America and that the average price of each pair is $ 12.

He added that the sector has little technology and in order to reverse the situation, the workshops require a more accessible credit.

"Loans for two or three years do nothing for the sector since during that period it is difficult to pay back the debt, especially for small companies. We require loans of at least ten years, but banks (domestic) are not contemplating such terms," Delgado told El Nuevo Diario de Nicaragua.

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