A loan of $1,125 helped a member blouses, women's pants, flour, cooking oil and meat.

Mujeres Capcitadas 5 Group's story

Carmen is the group coordinator of the group Mujeres Capacitadas (Capable Women). Her story is representative of both the member of her group and more generally of Esperanza's clients in the Dominican Republic (many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti) and Haiti. Her group is based in a small community close to the coastal town of Puerto Plata. Here electricity and running water (none of which is potable) are unreliable at best and there is no trash pickup. Here she makes her home with her husband and three children in a simple structure of wooden walls and a tin roof.

Carmen has been a successful associate of Esperanza for two loan cycles now and she has repaid without problems. She says that working with Esperanza has helped improve her quality of life and she is excited to take her third loan. With this loan she will continue to invest in both of her businesses. For her clothing business she will buy blouses and women's pants to sell, and for her food stand she will purchase flour, meat and cooking oil. She has over two years experience and she expects her businesses, which are the main source of income for her family, to continue to improve her living situation. In the long term her goal is to open her own cafeteria. She thanks you all for your support.

In this group: Carmen, Anilsa, Ana, Betania, Rosa

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