A loan of $3,025 helped a member to buy clothing and catalogue products, and a sewing machine.

Nueva Union 6 & 7 Group's story

Josely is the coordinator of her group "Nueva Union 6 & 7" (New Union). Josely is excited to be taking her 5th loan. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business where she sells clothing and catalogue products (especially cosmetics). She also is a tailor and makes clothes and other stuff. She makes her home in a simple structure with her two children, being a young single mom. She will buy some products and clothes for her business and a sewing machine to sew different items for the home and people. She says that her most difficult challenge is to have a united family. She enjoys sewing and any time she is free, likes to create.

Josely is planning to have a medical check-up as soon as possible. She will use the profits from her business to buy school supplies and a computer. Her future with Esperanza means more loans to invest in her business, and she wants to work, grow and improve so she can bring in more income for her family.

This Esperanza associate’s story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients (many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti) generally. Her group is located in a rural area in Samana, a city on the north coast of the Island, and like nearly all impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic, suffers from unreliable electricity and running water (none of which is potable).

In this group: Josely, Marcia, Yicey, Valeria, Santa, Catalina, Ondina, Juliana, Antonia, Yahaira

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