A loan of $3,200 helped a member to buy materials for furniture-making business.

Los Carpinteros Group's story

The four members of this group call themselves Los Carpinteros ("The Carpenters). They are smart, regular people from the city of Pinotepa Nacional in Oaxaca. The town is famous for the traditional wooden masks that are made here. The masks, painted in brilliant colors, represent various animals.
One of the members, Sr. Dionicio Francisco, 63, operates a furniture-making business. He makes some furniture to order and some for local wholesalers.
Don Nicho, as he's know to people here, tells us that he bought his business when he came to Pinotepa from a small town called El Santo. He used his savings to buy a wood-working shop where he now makes furniture.
We were struck by the attention that Don Nicho pays his customers, his creativity, his patience and his talent for design.
He says that support from Vision Fund will allow him to buy the materials--wood, chisels, sandpaper, nails, etc.--that he needs to make furniture.
The other members of the group are:
Raquel who operates a business making and selling furniture.
Santiago Alvaro who operates a business making and selling furniture.
Elias who operates a business making and selling furniture.
They are grateful to the foundation for helping them because they are confident in their abilities and only need a little help to grow.

In this group: Raquel, Dionicio Francisco, Santiago Alvaro, Elias

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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