A loan of $4,675 helped a member to buy clothing and underwear to sell.

Yama De Amor 1, 2, 3 & 4 Group's story

Joelisa is the coordinator of her group, 'Yama D. Amor 1, 2, 3 & 4' ('Flame of love'). She makes her home in a simple structure with her parents and a child. She says that her most difficult challenge is to work and have a better future. In the meantime, she plans to continue to enjoy to studying and working in beauty activities.

Joelisa is excited to be taking her 11th loan with Esperanza, after having successfully repaid her previous loan and grown her business. She has had her business for over six years, starting with her first Esperanza loan.

Joelisa plans to use this loan to invest in her business by buying clothing and underwear. She will use the profits to invest in her business and to buy a refrigerator and food and clothes for her family. She also wants to save and buy her house in the not to distant future.

This associate began with Esperanza because the program motivates people to invest in business and work hard to become successful. Esperanza came to her impoverished village and she understood that this could be her answer to achieve a better life.

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. Her group is located in Samana, a lush rugged peninsula with a nascent tourism industry. 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: Joelisa, Ivonise, Elias, Andrea, Hilaria, Ana, Maririn, Yabely, Valdine, Yolanda, Angela, Yafreisy, Ana, Maria, Joely, Agustina, Astrida, Maxima, Yolanda, Maria

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