A loan of $1,300 helped a member to buy home use items to resell.


Canal De Bendicion - Group 2's story

Marcelo S. lives in Batey 18, a very impoverished batey (company-run housing for a sugar cane plantation) outside of La Romana in the southeast Dominican Republic.

Batey 18 is a small community of about 20 houses, all of which are occupied by Haitian immigrants who come to work on the sugar cane fields. It is hard for them to do business in this community. The only time that people have money is during the sugar cane season when they get paid per pound of cut cane. In order to make decent profits, Marcelo has to sell on the streets of La Romana.

Marcelo will purchase house products, such as kitchen-ware, to sell. He hopes to make some good sales with Mother's day coming. Marcelo is married to Antonia Celestino and they have four children. One of his goals is to send his children to a better school so they can improve their education.

On behalf of the members of the Canal de Bendicion group, thank you for your support!

In this group: Marcelo, Pueny, Andremena, Lidia, Yeni
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