A loan of $2,725 helped a member to buy masonry equipment.

Los Trapiches Group's story

The members of the "Los Trapiches" communal bank have known each other for more than 20 years. Their experience together has led them to consolidate as a group to borrow from Mexico's Vision Fund. With these loans, they have gradually expanded their businesses. They comment that the best thing is that they love each other like family.

This group has 7 members, each with their own business activity that generates income and helps them cover their household expenditures. The members include: Hortencia, who sells clothing, Petra, who sells shoes through a catalog, Rocio, who sells shoes, Gabina, who sells clothing, Jorge, who sells drinks, Claudia, who sells bread, and Alberto, who is a bricklayer.

Alberto is a happy person who, in spite of his illness and walking with a cane, has been working for 3 years as a bricklayer. He comments that he learned from his uncles, who used to help him when he was young. "I started working as a bricklayer to support my parents with the household expenses," he comments. He also says that when he is hired to build a house or room he feels satisfied with the work that he performs and his ability to contribute to his family's welfare, and this is particularly the case when he works in his neighborhood where the people helped him so much when he suffered an accident. This loan will help Alberto to buy masonry tools including: levels, masonry string, a chisel, a hammer, a sledge hammer, and nails so that he can continue with his work.

The members of this group comment that most of the people in the neighborhood know Alberto as "The Builder." Alberto says, "Thanks to God and to VisionFund Mexico for providing us with new opportunities."

Note: in the photo, Alberto is standing behind his sister Petra, who is dressed in blue and is seated.

In this group: Hortencia, Claudia, Petra, Rocio, Alberto, Gabina, Jorge Adrian

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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