A loan of $3,725 helped a member to buy undergarments to sell to neighbors and friends.

Union De Mujeres En Desarrollo 1-4 Group's story

Mercedes, 34, is a borrower who lives near San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic. She is the coordinator for her group, Union de Mujeres en Desarrollo (Union of Women in Development), and her story is representative of the other borrowers in the group.

Mercedes and her husband have three children, ages four to fourteen, and they live in La Joya, a small town northwest of San Pedro. Mercedes has built a house of cement blocks for her family, a marked improvement over the typical wooden home. She is grateful for her loans because she knows she can pay off her home with the increased profits from her business. With this loan, her second from Esperanza International, she will be purchasing undergarments for both men and women. Mercedes will then sell them to friends, neighbors, and others in nearby towns at a small markup.

In the future, Mercedes hopes to expand her line of products to include all types of clothing for men, women, and children. She also hopes to continue improving her home to make it more comfortable for her family. Mercedes’ ultimate goal, however, is to send all of her children to college. With your support, Mercedes can continue striving towards those goals. Thank you for lending to Mercedes and the Union de Mujeres en Desarrollo group!

In this group: Mercedes, Carlita, Minerva, Santa, Santa, Trinidad, Nacilia, Florangel, Ignacia, Luz, Julia, Virginia, Maria, Maria, Beronica, Carmelina, Iiris, Marlene, Germania*, Cristina*
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