A loan of $3,250 helped a member to buy charcoal and other items.


Union Por El Progreso 2 & 3 Group's story

Pilar is the coordinator of her group, Unidos por el progreso 2 & 3 (unite to progress). She makes her home here in a simple structure with 3 children and her long term partner. She says that her most difficult challenge is to have a successful business. In the meantime she plans to continue enjoying to cook an go to the church.

Pilar is excited to be taking her 8th loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loan and grown her business. She has had her business for more than 5 years, starting with a small amount of money that she saved to start a business. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business by buying charcoal, baked foods and candies. She will use the profits to help her children, to save and finish building her house and she is planing to finish her high school studies.

This Esperanza associate began with us because, she says "I really like what Esperanza offers". Her story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican (many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti) clients in general. Her group is located in the rural areas surrounding Hato Mayor, an area where the economy is dominated by agriculture. This area, like nearly all impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic, suffers from unreliable running water (none of which is potable) and electricity.

In this group: Pilar, Elupina, Santa, Francisca, Candida, Dulce, Miledy, Martina, Ana, Luisa


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