A loan of $3,500 helped a member to purchasing rice, spaghetti, beef, chicken, sausage and pork for making food to sell.

Jesus Está Aquí Group's story

Isabel is the coordinator of her group, Jesus Está Aquí (Jesus is here), and her story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican (many of whom recently emigrated to the Dominican Republic from Haiti) clients generally. Her group is located in the slums in the north of Santo Domingo, where crime is rampant and running water (none of which is potable) and electricity are unreliable. She makes her home here in a simple structure with her long-term partner and seven dependents (nephews who have been orphaned).

Isabel is excited to be taking her fourth loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loans and grown her business. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business of selling fried food by purchasing rice, spaghetti, beef, chicken, sausage and pork. She will use the profits to save for the continued needs of caring for the her newly enlarged family. She thanks you all for your support.

In this group: Isabel, Elida, Mireya, Garcia, Apolinar, Estephany, Mariela, Filomena, Amarili, Gina

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