A loan of $2,775 helped a member to buy meat to make chorizos.

Las Intelectuales Y Responsables Group's story

Melida is the coordinator of her group Las Intelectuales y Responsables (the intellectual and responsible), and her story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican (many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti) clients generally. Her group is located in the rural areas surrounding La Romana, where the economy centers around the backbreaking labor of the sugarcane harvest and where running water (none of which is potable) and electricity are unreliable. She makes her home here in a simple structure with her long term partner and their 3 children.

Melida is excited to be taking her second loan with Esperanza, after having successfully repaid her previous loan. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business selling chorizos, a delicious smoked mixture of pork that is then formed into sausages using pig intestines. Yum! She will use the profits to invest in her children by purchasing them shoes and clothes. Her long term goal is to continue growing her business and to see her children grow up to go to university and be successful. She thanks you all for your support.

In this group: Melida, Fidelina, Nelly , Danial , Yasura, Carmelita, Carmela, Vanessa, Carlina, Maria, Lucia, Melida, Marilu, Clotilde, Mayelyn

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