A loan of $3,200 helped a member to buy beans, sweets, clothes and a blender for her small neighborhood variety store.


Trabajando Para El Futuro Group's story

Luz is the coordinator of her group, Trabajando para el Futuro (Working Toward the Future), and 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). Luz’s 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 there in a simple structure with her long-time partner and their four children. Luz is excited to be taking her tenth loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loan and grown her business. She plans to use this loan to invest in her small neighborhood general supply store that she runs out of her home, by purchasing necessary products for sale such as clothes, beans, sweets (candies) and other comestible items as well as a blender. Luz will use the profits to improve the life of her family: buy better food and clothes, fix a window and buy school supplies. Hoping her children will grow up to be good people, she dreams of a computer for them and a better education. She thanks you all for your support.

In this group: Luz, Fernando, Ludovina, Santa*, Guillermina, Isabel, Miguel, Jeannette, Yrene, Margarita, Ofelio*, Rosy, Ania*, Esperanza, Mardanisia
*not pictured


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