A loan of $2,600 helped a member chicken, oil, flour, clothing, and gasoline.

La Reforma 7 & 8 Group's story

Altagracia, 45, is a borrower who lives near San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic. She is the coordinator for her group, La Reforma (Reform), and her story is representative of the other borrowers in the group.

Altagracia lives with her husband and nine children in a simple home built by the local sugar company. Their home is in a batey; bateyes are poor rural communities built by Dominican sugar companies to house their field workers. Over the years, conditions in bateyes have drastically deteriorated, and they now have very little access to electricity, potable water, or medical services. Despite these difficulties (and a full house!), Altagracia runs a successful miscellaneous store from her home. With this loan, her fifth with Esperanza International, she will purchase foods (oil, flour, chicken, and coffee), clothing, shoes, and gasoline. Altagracia will then sell these items at a small markup to her neighbors and community.

Altagracia is very proud of her business’ success. She has slowly but surely increased her inventories and seen her profits rise. One of Altagracia’s sons is currently studying at the university in San Pedro, and she hopes that the rest of her children will also have that opportunity. With additional profits, Altagracia hopes to soon buy a display for the food that she sells. This will make her items more attractive to her customers and bring in more business. Thank you for lending to Altagracia and La Reforma group!

In this group: Altagracia, Alexandra, Elmita, Tazilia, Gela, Maria, Solanger, Berta, Filomena, Anita

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