A loan of $650 helped a member to purchase wood for carpentry.


The Beginning. Group's story

The name of the group is The Beginning. The group is located in the Municipality of Ribera Guadalupe in Coapilla, in the state of Chiapas in Mexico. The name of the group was chosen because it is the first time that any of the members have ever requested a loan from Fundacion Realidad (Kiva Field Partner). They are very happy for the support.

The name of the individual interviewed is Mr. Bernal P. S.. He lives together with his partner, Evangelina Jimenez Vasquez. Together they have six children together. Two of their kids are already married but four still remain in their care: Jesus is 23 years old, Daniel is 22 years old, Israel is 20, and Sandra is 17 years old.

He was inspired as a very young man to start up his own business. He learned the trade from his father-in-law who is a carpenter. He started out working with him but later he wanted to set up his own carpentry shop. He has 25 years in the business now and with its help he has been able to support his family.

With the profits he earns from his carpentry business he has been able to support their children in their studies. He has always saved money for whenever they have an expense, always wanting to provide them with the best and help them achieve their goals. He also purchases materials for his business.

His dream is to see his four youngest children complete their studies and grow up to be well established individuals and be able to support themselves. He also dreams of buying a car to transport the furniture he makes to the communities where the orders originate and to stop having to pay transportation expenses.

The group is made up of three individuals:

Maria Dulia P. E.: she will invest her loan in the purchase of ingredients to make tamales: chili peppers, banana leaves, meats, etc.

Gerardo P. S.: he will invest his loan in the purchase of mazeca flour to resell in his community.

Bernal P. S.: he will invest in the purchase of wood to make furniture such as closets, chairs, windows, and dining room sets.

In this group: Maria Dulia, Garardo, Bernal

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer


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