A loan of $1,175 helped a member to purchase rice, beans, oil and flour.

Cristo Y Nuestro Esfuerzo 6 Group's story

Marie, 40, lives near La Romana, Dominican Republic. She is the coordinator for her group, Cristo y Nuestro Esfuerzo (Christ and Our Strength), and her story is representative of the other borrowers in the group.

Marie runs a successful colmado in her community. Colmados are small corner stores that sell anything from bread to batteries. Marie tries to focus on typical Dominican foods such as rice, beans, flour, oil, and fish. Her colmado is located in her home, where she lives with her husband and children.

Life in La Romana can be strenuous. Access to electricity is unreliable at best, running water (if you have any at all) is never potable and the constant threat of hurricanes for half the year weighs heavily on the minds of those whose small homes are made of wood. Despite these difficulties, Marie is optimistic about the future. She hopes to continue investing her profits back into her business and continually expanding her line of products and customer base. In addition, Marie hopes that the extra income will one day allow her to send her children to university. Thank you for lending to Marie and the Cristo y Nuestro Esfuerzo group!

In this group: Marie, Marie, Wilfrid, Dieutela, Marie

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