A loan of $3,875 helped a member to buy meat, plantain, potatoes, chicken, flour, oil, etc.

Jesus Esta Aqui 1 & 2 Group's story

Isabel is the coordinator of her group 'Jesus Esta Aqui' 1 & 2 (Jesus is here). She makes her home here in a simple structure with her long-term partner and 3 children and 3 nephews. She says that her most difficult challenges are raise her children and her nephews because after Haiti's earthquake, she needs to take care of them, because they were homeless and had lost family there. In the meantime she plans to continue enjoying eating and watching television.

Isabel is excited to be taking her 5th loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loan and grown her business. She has had her business for over 4 and a half years, starting with her first loan, with which she bought a stove and gas tank to fry food. She plans to use this loan to invest in her businesses, She sells fried food in her fried food stand and she wants to use this loan to buy big bags or packets of wallets and shoes. She will use the profits to buy school supplies, shoes, and give better food to her big family, She wants to buy a home and have all her family together in a better house.

This Esperanza associate began with us because she need a loan to start a business and the Esperanza program went to her community. Her story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients generally, many of whom recently emigrated to the DR 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 running water (none of which is potable) and unreliable electricity.

In this group: Isabel, Miguelina, Apolinar, Elida, Mireya, Marie, Germaine, Filomena, Santa, Gina

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