A loan of $2,325 helped a member to buy seafood.


Trabajando Para El Futuro 2 & 9 Group's story

Eladia is the coordinator of her group Trabajando para el Futuro 2 & 9. She makes her home here in a simple structure with her husband and 3 children. She says that her most difficult challenge is to have her own house built with concrete blocks. In the meantime she plans to continue to enjoy her current home.

Eladia is excited to be taking her 10th loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loans and grown her business. She has had her business for more than 6 years after she started selling at home, while her husband was fishing. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business by buying all kinds of seafood (octopus, fish, squid, etc). She will use the profits from her business to buy school supplies. She also needs to buy a dining table and and a vehicle to transport the merchandise.

This Esperanza associate began with us because she needed the loans for her business. 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 generally. 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 running water (none of which is potable) and electricity.

In this group: Eladia, Hilaria, Marcela, Jose, Bertha, Juana, Maria, Elena, Santa, Juliana


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