A loan of $1,425 helped a member to buy rice, beans, cooking oil and matches for her store.

La Unidad 4 Group's story

Dominga is the coordinator of her group, L. Unidad (The Unity), and her story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients generally (many of whom recently emigrated to the Dominican Republic from Haiti). Her group is located in Hato Mayor, a poor, rural area where running water (none of which is potable) and electricity are unreliable. She makes her home there in a simple structure as a single mother with her two children.

Dominga is excited to be taking her third 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 running a colmado (small corner-store) by supplying it with more merchandise of the basic necessities such as rice, beans, cooking oil and matches.

Dominga will use the profits to invest in her children by purchasing school supplies. Her longterm dream is own her own home and she hopes that by utilizing savings through Esperanza she will attain that. She thanks you all for your support.

In this group: Dominga, Catalina , Ligia, Carmen, Nereida

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