A loan of $2,200 helped a member to buy silver jewelry (rings, bracelets, chains, etc.) to sell.


Luchando Para Vivir Group's story

Wanda is the coordinator of her group, Luchando Para Vivir 3 & 4 (Fighting to live). She makes her home in a simple structure with her husband and three children. She says that her most difficult challenges are other businesses doing the same activity as hers, and looking for new clients.

Wanda is excited to be taking her first loan with Esperanza. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business by buying silver jewelry to sell in her neighborhood and by visiting new clients (like secretaries, bank tellers) at their places of work. She will use the profits to build a water cistern in her house and her dream is to finish high school. In the meantime she plans to continue enjoying being with her family and operating her business.

This Esperanza associate’s 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. Her group is located in Santiago, the second biggest city in the Dominican Republic, and an area famous for its tobacco and beef production. This area, like nearly all impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic, suffers from unreliable electricity and running water (none of which is potable).

In this group: Wanda, Bernarda, Dominga, Maria, Jenniffer, Marisol, Isidro, Yuleidy, Maria, Altagracia
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