A loan of $1,850 helped a member to buy more ice cream.

El Buen Futuro Group 1's story

At the age of 59, when many would like to retire, Rafaela R. has her eyes set on growing her business. She would like a loan to buy more ice and ice cream for her ice cream business. Rafaela has successfully completed four loan cycles and has proven herself a savvy businesswoman. Her strategy is to provide a greater variety of flavors than her competitors and it is paying off.

Rafaela is part of the solidarity group El Buen Futuro 1 (A Good Future) which takes out microloans as a group. The members of this group live in the small village of Casa Colorada which is a beautiful town surrounded by acres of sugarcane fields and lush greenery. The photo was taken in the grocery store of another group member.

Rafaela would like to keep growing her business in order to finish building her house. It is very expensive for Dominicans to build their own houses, therefore many people build out of cement and slowly add on over the years until their house is finished. Rafaela still has two children and one grandchild living at home and she would love nothing more than to be able to provide them with a house to be safe from the sometimes harsh tropical weather.

Rafaela and the entire El Buen Futuro group greatly appreciate the opportunities Kiva lenders like you have given them and hope to continue in their success!

In this group: Rafaela, Rosa, Rosa, Maria, Lucila

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