A loan of $3,450 helped a member to buy clothing.


Union Y Progreso Group's story

Ana V. L. is a mother of 6 and is one of two group leaders in the Union y Progresso loan group. She lives with her family in Santiago, a crowded city in the Dominican Republic.

Prior to her involvement with Esperanza, Ana sold miscellaneous things out of her home to other women in the community. When Esperanza began working in her community, she took out a loan and started her clothing business. She buys used clothes that are sent to the Dominican Republic from America in large shipments called pacas. She buys the clothes in bulk and then sells them out of her home.

Ana’s husband is a butcher. He has a meat stand that he runs out of their home. Ana and her husband’s incomes help support their 6 kids. Ana expresses that if she was not able to receive her micro-loans, their family situation would be much more difficult.

In this group: Ana, Crucita, Judelka, Luz, Sergio, Maria, Maria, Ruth, Santana Baez, Almonte Urena, Jomary, Mary, Teresa, Maria, Paulina


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