A loan of $3,625 helped a member purchasing undergarments, shirts, and pants.

Mujeres En Desarrollo 1-4 Group's story

Mary is the coordinator for her group, Mujeres en Desarrollo (Women in Development), based in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic, and her story is representative of the other borrowers in her group.

Mary lives in Mata de Palma (Palm Tree), a small community northwest of San Pedro. She is a single mother with four children, ranging in age from two to twelve. Mary and her children live in a typical Dominican home with a cement floor, wooden panel walls and an aluminum roof. It shelters them from the rain, but is not secure and can be unsafe during hurricane season. In addition, Mary lacks reliable electricity and running water, and with just two rooms in the home and growing children, space is limited.

Despite these difficulties, Mary runs a successful business selling undergarments from her home. This is Mary’s fourth loan with Esperanza, and to date she has a perfect repayment record. With additional revenues coming in, Mary hopes to expand her business by selling shirts, pants and blouses. She would also like to make improvements to her home, such as constructing walls using cement blocks for more security and safety. Mary also hopes to send all four of her children to university so they can become professionals and have opportunities that were not available to her when she was their age. Thank you for lending to Mary and the Mujeres en Desarrollo group!

In this group: Mary, Daniela, Paula, Joselin, Juana, Yohana, Carlina, Cleda, Angelica, Genova, Jaimis, Yolanda, Rafael, Dionisia, Radicelis, Maria, Mercedes, Valeria, Mabel, Juan

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