A loan of $2,225 helped a member to purchase gasoline, glass containers, oranges, papayas.

Mujeres Luchando Contra La Pobreza 1,2 Group's story

Severina is the coordinator of her group Mujeres Luchando Contra la Pobreza (Women Fighting Against Poverty), and her story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican (many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti) clients generally. Her group is located in the areas surrounding Puerto Plata on the north coast of the DR, an area famous for natural beauty and its tourism industry, where (outside of the all-inclusive resorts) running water (none of which is potable) and electricity are unreliable. She makes her home here in a simple, rented structure as a single mother with her four children.

Severina is excited to be taking her fifth loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loan and grown her business. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business selling gasoline (a common business in the countryside where there may not be a gas station for miles) by purchasing more gasoline as well as adding a small fruit selling business. Severina recognized that she could easily sell fruit to her customers while they filled up on gasoline and has decided to diversify her business (sound like any gas stations you know?). She will use the profits to invest in a plot of land on which she would like to eventually build her own home. She thanks you all for your support.

In this group: Severina , Luisa, Angela, Rosa, Pedro, Medeline, Ana , Vanesa, Fifa, Benita

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