A loan of $475 helped a member additional fruit stock for her fruit juice business.

Unidas Para Seguir 2 Group's story

Celeste (middle) is the coordinator of her group of five women named Unidas Para Seguir. She lives with her husband Salvador and 1-year-old son in their house just outside of Samaná, Dominican Republic, and this is her first loan with Esperanza.

Celeste currently sells various fruit juices from her home, and she says that many people come from all over her neighborhood to buy her juice. She sells juices varying from cantaloupe, to mango, to cherry, and various mixtures of other fruits. Celeste noticed that no one in the area was selling juices, and decided that she would be able to sell her juice easily due to the abundance of hot days in the Dominican Republic year-round. Now, business is brisk with people seeking a refreshing drink on any given hot day.

Celeste, with her supportive husband encouraging her in her business endeavor, is seeking to use the profits from selling juice in order to continue her studies at a university. She wants to someday be a teacher, and the money that her new business will bring in is going to help her afford the necessary classes. This in turn will allow her to help provide a better home for her child, and a better living situation for the family, in addition to her husband’s income.

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In this group: Celeste, Justina, Esperanza, Ramona, Rosalia

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