A loan of $2,900 helped a member to buy lumber to manufacture furniture.

La Escondida Group's story

The “La Escondida” (The Hidden One) group is from the community of San Agustín. People in this community are very hardworking and kind because it’s found alongside a highway. The group has ten members: Raymundo sells soft-drinks, Isidro sells shoes, Lorenzo grows corn, Félix works in construction, Eugenio is a carpenter, Guadalupe sells cosmetics, Águeda sells shoes, Amanda sells fast-food snacks, Valeria sells cakes and Marcela sells soft-drinks.

Eugenio is 46-years-old, single and relates that since he did not have the opportunity to attend school his father advised him to learn an occupation that in the future would make it possible for him to get ahead and live with dignity. Eugenio learned carpentry and for more than 20 years now has been manufacturing furniture (tables, chairs, armoires and beds). As time has gone by, he’s acquired very good customers and people come looking for him constantly so that he’ll make furniture for them and he does so gladly.

Presently, he’s very happy because this occupation has not only given him the wherewithal to earn money but also has led to his getting to know people and to establish good friendships with them. With this loan he will be able to buy lumber to continue with his activity.

He said: “Thank you for the opportunity you give us with these loans to improve our businesses and our family’s lives.” In future, he wants to earn good profits so that he can service his electric tools.

In this group: Raymundo, Isidro, Lorenzo, Félix, Eugenio, Guadalupe, Agueda, Armanda, Valeria, Marcela

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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