it comes down to understanding the people that know their businesses
in the countryside of Belize, few Belizeans that I know compare
to Egbert Jacobs. For not only is Mr. Jacobs the most capable
electrician a home builder can find in the Toledo District,
he is also the absolutely honesties politician I have ever befriended.
to his local constituents as Jake of Jake’s Tire Repair,
the business he manages along with his father is located just
off Mile Seven on the Southern Highway north of Punta Gorda
Town. There he not only repairs flats but also electrifies houses
and other structures like the new school in San Marcos. Jake
is a husband to his loving wife Carolyn and father to Tracy,
Trevor and Trina, and if that was not enough to fill his day,
as of the most recent elections he is also the council chairman
for the villagers of Jacintoville.
family and I first came upon Jake and his family when my dear
wife went looking for someone to wire our house that straddles
the boundary line between the village of Jacintoville and the
Belize Maya community of San Felipe. In fact it was Jake that
not only gave us the power to survive in the bush, but it was
him who first claimed us as fellow villagers, saying that with
little doubt that the village of Jacintoville stretched as far
as the sharp right hand turn towards the village of San Felipe.
Jake’s insight into the geographical perimeters that now
define the village of Jacintoville not only allowed the village
to be larger, it also gave my struggling family and me a home
community in Belize.