Total loan: $675

Progreso Hacia Adelante, Group 5

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Consuelo, San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic / Food

Progreso Hacia Adelante, Group 5's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped buying rice, cooking oils, beans, snack items for resale.

Progreso Hacia Adelante, Group 5's story

Progreso Hacia Adelante is a brand new Esperanza Bank of Hope from Consuelo, a town just outside of San Pedro de Macorís in the Dominican Republic. The group lives in a 'batey' community, a rural sugarcane plantation with very harsh living and working conditions. Fighting to overcome such challenges, these new entrepreneurs are seeking to take out their first microloan to develop their exciting business ideas and improve their lives and their families' lives.

Miguelina B. is the coordinator of one group within Progreso Hacia Adelante. She is 21 years old and is a single mother with three kids, ages six, five, and five months. She lives in a small house with her mother and her children. Until now she has had unsteady work substituting at the local school that two of her children attend.

Despite her difficult circumstances, she is enthusiastic and optimistic about the future. With the money from her loan she will start a new business selling food supplies. The first items she plans to carry include rice, beans, cooking oil, and snack items like crackers and candy. More than anything, she wants to provide for her children so they can continue their education and fulfill their dreams. She also wishes to finish her own education, and talks excitedly about someday learning to use a computer, opening her own bank account, and using an ATM.

Please support Miguelina and the rest of her group as they work to support their families and better their lives!