A loan of $2,175 helped a member to buy rice, pants, blouses and shirts.

Luchando Con Esperanza 1,2 Group's story

Yesenia is the coordinator of her group Luchando Con Esperanza (Fighting with Hope), 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 Puerto Plata, a port town on the north coast, where the economy is based around tourism and where running water (none of which is potable) and electricity are unreliable. She makes her home here in a simple structure with her husband and three children.

Yesenia is excited to be taking her first loan with Esperanza and she is excited to invest in her business which, in true entrepreneurial spirit, is a combination cafeteria and boutique. She plans to buy rice for the cafeteria and pants, blouses and shirts to sell in the boutique. She will use the profits to invest in her children by purchasing school supplies and uniforms and she will also save towards expanding her business. She thanks you all for your support.

In this group: Yesenia, Yani, Maria, Milagros, Yania, Yerdy, Ana , Patria , Catalina, Dilania

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