A loan of $2,050 helped a member to buy more rice, beans, chicken and oil to cook and sell.

Progreso Hacia Adelante 1, 2 & 4 Group's story

Miguelina is the coordinator of her group, Progreso Hacia Adelante (Forward Progress). She makes her home in a simple structure with her longterm partner and two children. She says that her most difficult challenge is to raise her children in the community they live in. In the meantime she plans to continue enjoying cooking.

Miguelina is excited to be taking her third loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loan and grown her business. She has had her business for two years. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business by buying rice, beans, chicken and oil. She will use the profits to reinvest in her business.

This associate began with Esperanza because she wanted to earn more money and her 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).

Miguelina’s group is located in San Pedro D. Macoris, a city famous for its baseball players and its sugarcane industries. The main economic activity is the free-trading zone, a cement factory, and others. 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: Miguelina, Alcenia, Crucita, Fiordaliza, Luis, Antonio*, Yocasta, Maria, Daniel, Yohany*, Yedona, Loviciana, Seleste, Carmene, Maria

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