A loan of $2,625 helped a member to purchase clothing and vegetables to sell.

Mujeres Solidarias 3 & 4 Group's story

Maria is the coordinator for her group, Mujeres Solidarias (Women in Solidarity). Her story is representative of her group, as well as of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican (many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti) clients generally. Her group is located in Puerto Plata, a northern city dependent on tourism for its economy and where running water (none of which is potable) and electricity are unreliable. She makes her home here in a simple set-up with her long term partner and their child.

Maria is excited to be taking her second loan from Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loan. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business selling clothing and vegetables by purchasing two dozen pairs of panties, pants and two dozen t-shirts as well as three dozen vegetables. She will use the profits to invest in notebooks and books for her child. In the long term she hopes to buy a house with the earnings from her business. She thanks you all for your support.

In this group: Maria, Cristina, Chantale, Eliana, Admirable, Mimina, Miana, Dieumeme, Eliana, Cleanta

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