A loan of $3,100 helped a member to buy packages of used clothing to sell.


Mujeres Valientes 1,2,3 Group's story

Shely is the coordinator of her group Muejres Valientes (Valiant Women). Her story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients generally. Many of Esperanza's Dominican Republic clients recently emigrated from Haiti. Shely's group is located in Puerto Plata, a coastal town where the economy is based around tourism, and where running water (none of which is potable) and electricity are unreliable. She makes her home here in a simple structure with her husband and seven children.

Shely is excited to be taking her seventh loan from Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loans and grown her business. Shely sells used clothing, and she plans to use this loan to purchase large packages of used clothing from sources such as the Salvation Army in the United States. She will then resell the clothes, using the profits to support her family by providing basic necessities for her children and finishing the construction of her home. She thanks all Kiva lenders for their support.

In this group: Shely , Fisner, Siliane, Marie, Vonice, Vithas, Mosna, Altanese, Simone, Iphonia, Ana, Benita*, Marie, Midlandes, Josefina
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