A loan of $1,150 helped a member to buy machinery for a small bakery.

Mujeres Hacia El Progreso Grupo 1 Group's story

E. is the coordinator of her group Mujeres hacia el progreso (Women Towards Progress). 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 Samana, a lush rugged peninsula with a nascent tourism industry, where running water (none of which is potable) and electricity are unreliable. She makes her home here as a single mother (she has three children), in a simple structure which doubles as her bakery.

E. is excited to be taking her third loan with Esperanza, after having successfully repaid her previous loan and grown her business. She plans to use this loan to invest in her bread-making business. She intends to buy a mixing and kneading machine for her home-based bakery and to make structural improvements to the building by installing a cement ceiling. She will use the profits to purchase school supplies for her children, and hopes to save some money for her children's future. She thanks you all for your support.

In this group: Bratini, Payano, Plairde Canau, Hernandez, Hernandez

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