A loan of $2,425 helped a member to buy a new sewing machine and more inventory.

Paz Y Amor 1 & 2 Group's story

Yessenia, age 33, lives near the town of Samana in the Dominican Republic. She is the coordinator of her group, Paz y Amor (Peace and Love), and her story is representative of the other borrowers in the group.

Yessenia and her husband live with their three children in a simple home from which she also runs her small business. Yessenia sells necklaces, earrings, Avon beauty products, toiletries, and perfumes, and also makes custom clothing for her clients. With this loan, her ninth loan from Esperanza International, Yessenia plans to buy a new sewing machine and more inventory.

As in most of the Dominican Republic, life in Samana can be very difficult. Running potable water is unavailable, electricity is scarce at best, and healthcare and infrastructure are inadequate.

Despite these difficulties, Yessenia has bright hopes for the future. She plans to continue expanding her business with continued access to loans. Yessenia also hopes to improve life for her family by purchasing furniture for her home, finishing the construction of her kitchen, and buying a computer. In addition, the profits from her business will help Yessenia to buy shoes, books, backpacks, and other school supplies for her three young children. She hopes to send them to college one day, helping them become professionals and grow economically.

Thank you for your loan to Yessenia and the Paz y Amor Group!

In this group: Yessenia, Clara, Rosa, Domingo*, Orquidea, Saturnina, Daniela, Cornelia, Leonida, Trifania
*not pictured

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