A loan of $4,700 helped a member purchase food to supply her eatery.

Dios Es Mi Pastor 1,6, & 7 Group's story

Marquelina, 44, is a borrower who lives near San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic. She is the coordinator for her group, Dios es mi Pastor (God is my Shepherd), and her story is representative of the other borrowers in the group.

Marquelina and the other borrowers from Dios es mi Pastor live in Boca Chica, a small town in between San Pedro and Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. Boca Chica has unreliable electricity at best, and when running water is available, it is never drinkable. Boca Chica also suffers from the pollution of its two large neighboring cities. Marquelina is a single mother of four, and all but one daughter have moved out of her home.

With this loan, Marquelina’s third with Esperanza International, she plans to purchase foods typical of the Dominican cuisine: rice, beans, flour, oil, meat, juices and fruit. She currently runs her eatery from the side of her house, but eventually she would like to purchase or rent a separate building for her eatery.

Her dream is to give her children access to great educations so that they can all receive well-paid positions. Three of her four children are currently living and studying in New York City, and she said that her dreams for them are already coming true. Thank you for lending to Marquelina and the Dios es mi Pastor group!

In this group: Marquelina, Yolene, Adelina, Alexis, Eleile, Mayra, Cesilin, Laura, Mery, Luoicilia, Micheles, Cleberta, Malouise, Esterline, Mericia

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