A loan of $3,525 helped a member to buy blouses, pants, shirts and shoes to resell.

El Arroyo Unido 1,2,5 Group's story

Altagracia is the coordinator of her group El Arroyo Unido (United Stream), 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 lush, rugged Samana peninsula where 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.

Altagracia is excited to be taking her eighth 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 clothing, by purchasing blouses, pants, shirts, and shoes in the main market in Santo Domingo (the capital) and then selling them at a profit in her community. She will use the profits to invest in basic needs such as food and medicine, as well as to pay for her university education and a computer for learning. Her long term goal is to be a lawyer. She thanks you all for your support.

In this group: Altagracia, Yanheury, Jose, Susan , Maria *, Carmela, Fermin, Isabel, Yosimary*, Cristina, Lourdes, Elpidio, Francisco, Julia*, Valentina
*not pictured

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