A loan of $1,750 helped a member to buy jewelry, cleaning products and other supplies for sale.

Luz Cerito (Grupos 1, 2) Group's story

C. is the coordinator of her group Lucerito (Bright Star), and her story is representative both of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients generally, many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti. Her group is located in Los Arcarizos, a dusty industrial area north of the capital where free trade zones are common and running water (none of which is potable) and electricity are unreliable. She makes her home there in a simple structure with her long-term partner and their two children.

C. is excited to be taking her third loan with Esperanza, after having fully repaid her previous loans and grown her business. She plans to use this loan to invest in her jewelry and general supplies store and will put the additional profits towards the purchase of a small plot of land, with the hope of constructing a house on it sometime in the future. C. thanks all of you for your support.

In this group: Carmen, Digna, Alba, Carmen, Mtilde, Berquis, Ramirez Patricio, Rosario, Benites, Mateo Rodriguez

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