A loan of $3,400 helped a member to purchase inventory for grocery store.

Ulloa 1, 2 Group's story

Tomasina is the coordinator of her group Ulloa 1, 2 (Ulloa). Her story is representative of her group and, in general, of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients (many of whom recently emigrated to the Dominican Republic from Haiti). Her group is located in San Pedro de Macoris, a city famous for baseball players and sugar cane industries. The main economic activities are a free trading zone and a cement factory. In many parts of this area, 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 and her three children.

Tomasina 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 business to buy rice, flour, other foods, and a freezer. Her business is a colmado, a place where you can find all the ingredients and products to make your daily meals. Normally colmados are in local neighborhoods so that customers have a short distance to walk from their homes. She will use the profits to pay for her children's expenses at the university, to buy a vehicle, and also to finish building her house so that she has a safer home for her family. She thanks you all for your support.

In this group: Tomasina, Madeleine, Andres, Claudia, Norbert, Estilia, Genel, Olga, Seres, Fednel

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