Reforma 1-4 Group
For about eight years, Maria S. has been operating her fried food stand and her comedor (a kind of local restaurant for lunch). She has improved her business with every loan she has taken with Esperanza. This is her 9th loan. She plans to use this loan to buy rice, meat, seasoning, vegetables, flour, cooking oil, etc. Maria S. operates two food businesses. One is for breakfast and dinner (a fried food stall, where she sells chicken, meat, sausages, plantain, fried dough, etc), and the comedor, which is like a home restaurant where many people from the community come to have lunch.
She plans to continue to enjoy cooking and serving in her businesses. Another favorite thing to do is to be at her home with her family. Her story is generally representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients, many of whom recently emigrated to the Dominican Republic from Haiti.
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