A loan of $4,200 helped a member to purchase new clothing.


Canal De Bendicion 1-3 Group's story

Marcelo, 74, is a borrower who lives near La Romana, Dominican Republic. She is the coordinator for her group, “Canal De Bendicion” (Channel of Blessing), and her story is representative of the other borrowers in the group.

Marcelo runs a successful small business selling new clothing to her friends and neighbors. The most common form of clothing sales in the Dominican Republic is used clothing, usually from the U.S., but Marcelo has differentiated her business by only selling the newest styles. With this loan, her fourth with Esperanza International, she hopes to continue investing in her business, continually expanding her items offered and keeping up with the latest trends.

Life in La Romana can be harsh – electricity is scarce if available at all, running water is never potable, and the hurricanes that rip through the Caribbean typically hit this side of the island first. Despite these difficulties, Marcelo keeps a positive attitude toward her business. She hopes to continually grow her business, and she is very grateful for the support given to her by Esperanza. Thank you for lending to Marcelo and the Canal de Bendicion group!

In this group: Marcelo, Pueny, Andremena, Lidia, Yeni, Francia, Yan, Teresa, Yarlin, Yaneta, Yanita, Rosita, Marielena, Clemente, Natividad
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