A loan of $3,000 helped a member food, perfumes, and jewelry.

Mujeres De Progreso 1, 2, & 3 Group's story

MarieL., 20, lives near San PedR. D. Macorís, Dominican Republic. She is the coordinator for her group, Mujeres D. Progreso (Women of Progress), and her story is representative of the other borrowers in her group.

MarieL. is a very amiable young woman with a knack for business. She lives on her own and is already supporting herself at a young age. MarieL. runs a small “colmado y fantasia”, or food and general store. MarieL. will use this loan to purchase Dominican cuisine, such as rice, beans, oil, milk, and some pastries. She will also sell perfumes, jewelry, wristwatches, and other trinkets.

MarieL. lives in Andres Boca Chica, a town between San PedR. D. Macorís and Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. It is a town known for tourism, and MarieL. sells many of her trinkets to local tourists. She hopes that someday, she can run a mini-market with many more products. MarieL. speaks English well, and, with her hard work, she clearly has earned the respect of her elders by being named group coordinator. She is very thankful for Esperanza, and said that it has “provided the best opportunity to look forward to the future”. Thank you for lending to MarieL. and the Mujeres D. Progreso group!

In this group: Mariela, Alexandra, Juana, Helen, Yasmin, Johana, Hamlet, Mercedes, Maribel, Santa, Manuela, Katerin, Denny, Santa, Marina

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