A loan of $1,425 helped a member to buy a calf.

Confianza Y Desarrollo 1 & 2 Group's story

Eligio is the coordinator of his group Confianza y Desarrollo (Truth and Development) 1 & 2. He makes his home here in a simple structure with his long-term partner and nine children. He says that his most difficult challenge is to raise and provide everything his family needs. In the meantime he enjoys working in the livestock business.

Eligio has been in business for around seven years, starting with a calf he bought and raised. He is excited to be taking his tenth loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid his previous loans and grown his business. He plans to use this loan to buy another calf. He will use the profits to invest in other animals such as pigs and turkeys to sell for Christmas.

Eligio began his association with Esperanza because "the program came to my community and I was invited to participate." His story is generally representative of those in his group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients, many of the latter having recently emigrated to the Dominican Republic from Haiti. His group is located in San Pedro de Macoris, a city famous for its baseball players and the sugar cane industry. The area’s main economic activity involves a free trade zone, a cement factory and others in 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: Eligio, Eugenia, Jackelin, Lourdes, Julio, Hector, Fremio, Candida, Alex, Ana

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