Total loan: $3,600

Las Vencedoras 1,2 Group

La Romana, La Romana, Dominican Republic / Retail

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A loan helped to purchase clothing, shoes, and snack foods.

Las Vencedoras 1,2 Group's story

Merita lives in a small, isolated community in the Dominican Republic known as a "batey". A "batey" is typically composed of Haitian workers and their families, who have immigrated to the Dominican Republic in order to work in the sugarcane fields. Despite the difficult living situation and general lack of access to the outside world, Merita and her other group members have started small businesses with Esperanza loans, in order to augment their household income and help provide for their families.

Merita is an experienced borrower with Esperanza and a valued member of her group. Her small business is typical of rural borrowers: she sells whatever merchandise she comes across. In Merita's case, she sells a large amount of retail products including t-shirts, pants, shoes, sandals, tennis shoes, etc. But she also sells a few food items, including candy, cookies, crackers, fruit and juice, at a small snack stand. She tries her best to have whatever the customers might need. Merita dreams of owning a small home in the local town, where she can be closer to her daughter.

Thank you for your consideration of Merita and her group, Las Vencedoras ("The Victors")!