A loan of $2,200 helped a member to buy oil, meats, rice, beans, etc.


La Mujer Valiente 1 & 2 Group's story

Edline is the coordinator of her group, La Mujer Valiente 1 & 2 (Brave Women). She makes her home here in a simple structure with her husband and 3 children. She says that her most difficult challenges are right now are to take her business to the next level, as she started just three months ago.

Edline is excited to be taking her first loan with Esperanza. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business by buying rice, beans, oil, meats and other goods. She is selling food to people in her community for lunch. She started with her savings, and she wants this loan to improve her business. She will use the profits to invest in her business and to buy some school supplies for her children.

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 Santiago, an area famous for tobacco and beef production. The second biggest city in the Dominican Republic, Santiago, like nearly all impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic, suffers from unreliable running water (none of which is potable) and electricity.

In this group: Edline, Gerlande, Enouse, Ynocente, Junette, Marie, Nadia, Papito, Angie, Lesperance


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