A loan of $3,625 helped a member to buy flour, rice, beans, meat, oil.

Creativas 1,2,3 Group's story

Maritza is the group coordinator for Mujeres Creativas (Creative Women), a village bank of HOPE (one of Kiva's field partners) located in the northern part of Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. She is wanting to take out her 4th loan with Esperanza International.

She lives in a poor area with poor drainage, sewage, electricity, and water infrastructure. The house, where she lives with her three children and another young girl, who is the orphaned daughter of her former neighbor, is maD. of cement block and roofed with tin sheets.

Maritza owns a small restaurant in this house where she sells snacks and breakfast to the nearby factory workers and everyday people who happen to pass by. Using this loan from Esperanza International, she is planning to buy rice, beans, flour, potatoes, plantain, oil, greens, and meat to begin selling lunch as well. She is currently fixing her leaky roof, clearing out a room, and saving to buy a table so that her clients can stay to eat their food instead of taking it to go. Maritza expects that this homely atmosphere will attract many more customers.

She has enjoyed working with Esperanza so far and really appreciates the low interest rates that make it possible to make the repayments on time and still leave her with enough money to pay for her children´s food and education. Thank you for helping her dream become a reality!

In this group: Maritza, Petronila, Minerva, Maria, Nancy, Yudelka, Paula, Dominga, Maria, Maritza, Diana, Teresa, Ricarda, Luisa, Cristina

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