A loan of $4,875 helped a member bed Sheets, women's blouses, women's underwear and bedspreads to sell.

Mujeres Capactitadas 1,2,3,6 Group's story

Isabel is the coordinator of her group Mujeres Capacitadas (Capable Women), and her story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican (many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti) clients generally. Her group is located in the rural villages surrounding Puerto Plata where running water (none of which is potable) and electricity are unreliable. She makes her home here in a simple structure made of wood, concrete and a tin roof as a single mother with her one adult child.

Isabel is excited to be taking her fourth loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loans, and she looks forward to continuing to grow with Esperanza. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business taking orders from her clients to purchase bed sheets, bedspreads, women's blouses and women's underwear in Santiago (the closest large city) and selling them at a profit. She will use the profits to continue improving her house to the point where there are no more wooden walls (which are susceptible to termites) with the long term goal of adding a small corner store to her home so that she can work from home.

Additionally, she would like to see her son become a professional and she is using part of the profits from her loan to fund his university education, studying accounting. He is the first person in her family to attend university. She thanks you all for your support and would like to urge more people to join Esperanza so that they can improve their lives like she has.

In this group: Isabel, Ysmelia, Luz, Silverio, Francisca, Maria, Maria, Marcelina, Juana, Justa, Anania, Angela, Ana, Leonora, Isidro, Asaria, Yuderka, Aracelis, Miguelina, Milagro

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