A loan of $4,375 helped a member to buy food, clothing, gasoline, and charcoal.


Con Dios Adelante 1-5 Group's story

Despite any difficulties she may face, Xiomara, 48, is excited to be taking out this loan – her very first with Esperanza International. She proudly displays her colmado, or small general store, in which she will invest this loan. She plans to buy more merchandise, including foods, snacks, drinks, gasoline, charcoal, and clothing. Xiomara has never had access to a loan before, and her hopes for both her business and her family now don’t seem so far away. She hopes that with her profits, she and her husband will be able to afford their own home, and maybe even buy a small tract of land to work on someday. Xiomara also hopes to send all of her children to university – an opportunity she never had.


Xiomara is a borrower who lives near La Romana, Dominican Republic. She is the coordinator for her group, Con Dios Adelante (Onward with God), and her story is representative of the other borrowers in the group. They live in Batey San German, a small community north of La Romana. Bateyes are small rural communities built by sugar companies to house their field workers. Like San German, bateyes are usually remote, lack good sanitation and medical services, and have little to no access to potable water and electricity. Xiomara lives in this community with her husband and three children, ages 16, 12, and a 10-year-old named Melvin. Their house has a cement foundation with wooden walls and a tin roof, and it is lent to them by the sugar company.


Thank you for your loan to Xiomara and the Con Dios Adelante group!

In this group: Xiomara, Yaneta, Cavilia, Oly, Marie, Logamena, Nelly, Silvana, Maria, Uslene, Yela, Yanira, Belkis, Altagracia, Yaneta, Bertilia, Susana, Elena, Maria, Maria, Teresa, Ttutuna, Nancy*, Teresa*, Omitana*
*not pictured


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