A loan of $850 helped a member to buy clothes, blankets and shoes.

Mujeres Luchadoras 4 Group's story

Bibiana is the coordinator of her group Mujeres luchadoras 4 (Fighting women). She makes her home here in a simple structure with her three children. She says that her most difficult challenges are building her house, being a single mom and wanting to give her family a better home.

Bibiana is excited to be taking her first loan with Esperanza. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business by buying blankets, clothes and shoes. She will use the profits to change some windows in her house. In the future, she wants to improve her house and she is very sure that with Esperanza and the loans she will have a better business and a safer home.

This Esperanza associate’s 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 on tourism. . This area, like nearly all impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic, suffers from unreliable running water (none of which is potable) and electricity.

In this group: Bibiana, Yuderkis, Juan, Ivett, Yuliza

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