A loan of $2,325 helped a member to buy more rice, beans, sugar, oil, flour, etc.

Mujeres Valientes 1 & 2 Group's story

Maria is the coordinator of her group, Mujeres Valientes (Brave Women). She makes her home in a simple structure with her longterm partner and three children. She says that her most difficult challenge was to have her own roof (house).

Maria is excited to be taking her first loan with Esperanza, seven months after she started her business with her extra income. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business by buying rice, flour and other foods. Her business is a colmado (convenience store), a place where you can find all the ingredients you may need for your daily food. Normally these colmados are in the same neighborhood, a short walking distances from any home.

Maria will use the profits to buy a computer and, in the future, build her house with a concrete block structure and arrange for water service. In the meantime she plans to continue enjoying her two favorite things: God and her family.

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 the urban slums surrounding Santo Domingo. 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: Maria, Ramona, Geneviege, Noelia, Esperance, Soraida, Angentine, Ana, Marianie, Oliva

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