A loan of $3,625 helped a member to buy medicines for a pharmacy.

Creciendo En Fe Bank Of Hope Group's story

Maria owns a small pharmacy. She will use her entire loan to buy medicines to restock her inventory. The medicines in greatest demand at her pharmacy are parasite medicines, multivitamins, medications for high blood pressure, cold medicines, acetaminophen and ampicillin. This is her second loan and she has seen a difference from the time she didn't have loans until now. She finds her business better equipped now. She wants to move her pharmacy to a more spacious location with a better view and with better exposure. She would like to have glass panes in the front of her store so people can see her pharmacy (and herself!) from the outside.

Ines sells ice cream. Her best-selling flavors are cream, apple, grape and raspberry. She also sells juice and snacks in a small cafeteria. Her next project is to hire two or three street vendors to sell her ice cream around the nearby areas.

Felicia is taking her very first loan. She does her business on foot as she doesn't have a space to sell her clothes. She would like to rent a space to set up a store. With this loan she will buy one big bundle with varied clothing types. ''Let's see how it goes,'' she says with a hopeful laugh.

In all, this Bank of Hope has fifteen members--three groups of five. They live in Guaricanos, a large slum located on the northern outskirts of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic's capital city. There are three group coordinators in this Bank; one per five members. They are Maria P., Ines M. and Felicia A..

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In this group: Maria, Genova, Bernarda, Eusebia, Cristina, Ines, Amanda, Cesarina, Ilcia, Cruz, Felicia, Dilenny, Yinabeth, Nery, Hanser

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