A loan of $3,825 helped a member to buy rice, beans, oil, plantains, and other foods.

Unidas Para El Progreso 1-3 Group's story

Maria, 43, is a borrower who lives near San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic. She is the coordinator for her group, Unidas para el Progreso (United for Progress), and her story is representative of the other borrowers in the group.

Maria and her husband have nine children, ages six to twenty-three, all of whom live in their home. She and her family live in Batey El Fao, a small rural community northwest of San Pedro. Bateyes are small communities built by sugar companies for their workers. They typically have poor housing, scarce electricity, and unreliable running water that is never potable. With the profits from her business over the years, Maria has been able to construct her own home from cement block, a significant improvement over the typical local home.

This is Maria’s sixth loan with Esperanza. She plans to use the loan to purchase rice, beans, oil, and other staple foods for her small colmado, or general store. She came to Esperanza because she likes the borrowing model based on holistic development. Maria not only receives loans, but also savings and health services for her family, among other things. She hopes that with the profits from this loan, she will move closer to her dream of sending her children to college. With your help, Maria can reach that goal. Thank you for lending to Maria and the Unidas para el Progreso group!

In this group: Maria, Yoselin, Eliceo, Delia, Cristina, Cristina, Esmena, Yaquelin, Marize, Clemencia, Solanyis, Yeni, Nadersi, Emanis, Maneze*
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