A loan of $1,250 helped a member to buy underwear, blouses, and pants to sell.

Mujeres Hacia El Progreso Group's story

Maria is the coordinator of her group, Mujeres Hacia el Progreso (Women Toward Progress), 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 the urban slums surrounding Santiago, the Dominican Republic's second largest city. Santiago's economy is based around agriculture, and running water (none of which is potable) and electricity are unreliable. Maria makes her home here in a simple structure with her husband.

Maria is excited to be taking out her second loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loan and grown her business. She plans to use this loan to invest in her clothes-selling business by purchasing blouses, underwear, and pants in the main markets and then selling them at a profit in her community. She will use the profits to invest in her goal of owning a vehicle, which will help her continue to expand her business as well as to make her life easier. She thanks you all for your support.

In this group: Maria, Antonia, Hector, Justina, Juana
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