A loan of $2,625 helped a member to buy blouses and pants.

Shalom 6 & 7 Group's story

Teolinda is the coordinator of her group, Shalom. Her story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients, many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti. Her group is located in Hato Mayor, a rural town in the east of the DR where the economy is based around agriculture. Running water (none of which is potable) and electricity are unreliable. She lives here in a simple structure with her long-term partner and their three children.

Teolinda is excited to be receiving her seventh loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loans and grown her business. She plans to use this loan to invest in her clothing business by purchasing pants and blouses by the dozen to sell to her clients. She will use the profits to invest in her home and her children. Her long-term dream is to see her children become professionals. She thanks you all for your support.

In this group: Teolinda, Santa, Maria, Olivier, Carmen, Fifa, Yesenia, Pierre, Santa, Mariana

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