A loan of $4,600 helped a member rice, beans, meat, and drinks.

Hacia Adelante 4-6 Group's story

Luis, 53, is a borrower who lives near San Pedro D. Macorís, Dominican Republic. Luis is the coordinator for his group, Hacia Adelante (Onward), and his story is representative of the other borrowers in the group.

Luis and the other borrowers in Hacia Adelante live in Boca Chica, a small town between San Pedro and Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. Boca Chica lacks potable drinking water, has unreliable electricity, and suffers from pollution because of its location between two large cities.

Despite these difficulties, Luis operates a colmado, which is a small corner store that sells anything from bread to batteries. Luis focuses on foods in his colmado, specifically those typical of the Dominican cuisine: rice, beans, meat, flour, oil, fruits and juices. He will use this loan to purchase more of these products to sell to his customers.

Luis is a single father with two children living at home, where he both lives and runs his colmado. He has successfully repaid two loans with Esperanza International, and he is excited to be taking out his third. He looks forward to continuing the development and improvement of his colmado, and he was very steadfast in expressing his good experiences with Esperanza. Thank you for lending to Luis and the Hacia Adelante group!

In this group: Luis, Antonia, Altagracia, Maritza, Bienvenida, Martha, Fredesvinda, Concepcion, Malinda, Rafael, Welinton, Josefa, Maria, Mercedes, Lonicia

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