A loan of $2,600 helped a member to buy rice, beans, meats, oil, etc.

Poderoso De Israel 1, 2, 3 Group's story

Verenice (the one with the green shirt) is the coordinator of her group "Poderoso D. Israel". This is a biblical name which refers to J. Christ ("The Powerful One of Israel"). Verenice is excited to be taking her first loan. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business selling food. She makes her home in a simple structure with her only child, being a young single mom. She has a little cafeteria, where she cooks lunches and dinners. She will buy rice, beans, meat, oil, eggs, salad and other supplies. She says that her most difficult challenge is getting good medical assistance when they need it. She doesn't like the public services because they are inefficient and there are so many in need most of the time.

Verenice is planning to have a medical check-up as soon as possible. She will use the profit from her business to buy some household items. Her future with Esperanza means more loans to invest in her business so she can bring in more income for her family.

This Esperanza associate’s story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients (many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti) generally. Her group is located in an area, like nearly all impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic, that suffers from unreliable electricity and running water (none of which is potable).

In this group: Verenice, Francisca, Ruth, Yasmily, Aida, Isabel, Juana, Gloria, Angela, Wanda, Elizabeth, Yessenia, Maria, Paula, Maria
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