A loan of $3,900 helped a member buy wood and paint.

Costa Brava Group's story

The group is called Costa Brava after the region of the National Pinotepa coast. This is the story of Joniy D. L. C. Morales, one of the group members. He is married, 30 years old, the father of a three-year old boy and a carpenter.

He explains that he chose this profession because he learned it as a child as his father was a carpenter and left him his tools so he'd be able to work. He says it is a good business that provides him with a good income. He is going to use the loan to invest in the purchase of materials to continue working, including wood, glue and paint.

The earnings he is getting out of the business benefit him and his family very much. He is now financially more secure, which is going to help now that his son is starting preschool and they will have to buy school materials for him.

He also says that his business is benefitting the community as there aren't many carpenters in the town and people used to have to go far to order what they need. That's no longer the case, as they now have Joiy's carpenter's worshop nearby.

His main goal is to see his son grow up and support him through his studies so that he can have a career and a good profession. He would also like a larger workshop to support his mother, who is a widow and whom he helps financially, and to improve his standard of living.

He mentions that all group members are very reliable and responsible workers now they have had the chance to know each other.

Joniy would like to thank FRAC and KIVA because they have enabled him to own his own business and change his life and his family's.

Costa Brava group members and their business activities are:
Joniy D. L. C. Morales - carpentry
M. Clemencia R. - snacks
Albina D. L. R. - confectionery
Nelida Cristina M. C. - confectionery
Sixto Ricardo H. S. - carpentry
Gloria L. C. - clothing store
Jacinto Raul L. T. - car wash
Florentino Pena -fishmongers
FabioL. Leonarda L. D. -snacks
Valenta S. N. - clothing store

In this group: Joniy, Clemencia, Albina, Nelida Cristina, Sixto Ricardo, Gloria, Jacinto Raul, Florentino, Fabiola Leonarda, Valenta

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alba Sort

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