A loan of $3,175 helped a member to buy more beauty products and clothing.

Dios Es Mi Pastor 1 & 2 Group's story

Mariana is the coordinator of her group Dios es mi Pastor (God is my Pastor) 1 & 2. She makes her home here in a simple structure with her long-term partner and two children. She says that her most difficult challenge is to see to her children, both adult and married. In the meantime she plans to continue enjoying resting at home.

Mariana has been in business for three years, starting with some savings. She is excited to be taking her second loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loan and grown her business. Mariana plans to use this loan to buy different products to sell like cosmetics, beauty products, clothing, shoes and other items. She will use the profits to invest in her business, which she wants to improve.

Mariana began her association with Esperanza because she needed to improve her business. Her story is generally representative of those in her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients, many of the former having recently emigrated to the Dominican Republic from Haiti. Her group is located in San Pedro de Macoris, a city famous for its baseball players and sugar cane industry. The area’s main economic activity is a free trade zone, a cement factory, and others. 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: Mariana, Noel, Carina, Lidea, Marielena, Marie, Maria Elena, Maria, Louis, Albide
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