A loan of $3,900 helped a member to buy liquid soap, detergent, etc.

Amor Y Paz 1, 2 & 5 Group's story

Iluminada is the coordinator of her group Amor y Paz 1, 2 & 5 (Love and Peace). She makes her home here in a simple structure with her long-term partner and a child. She says that her most difficult challenge is to overcome their economic situation. In the meantime, she plans to continue enjoying to play Domino and decorate.

Iluminida is excited to be taking her third loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loan and grown her business. She has had her business for three years, starting with some savings. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business by buying home products. She will use the profits to buy her child school supplies and to invest in her business. She is dreaming to have her own house and she also wants her family to join her to improve her business.

This Esperanza associate began with us because she wanted to improve her business. Her story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican cleints, many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti. Her group is located in Santiago, an area famous for tobacco and beef production and the second biggest city in the Dominican Republic. 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: Iluminada, Denise, Maria, Luciano, Eridania, Lidia, Rumarda, Gleny, Rafael, Melida, Angelina, Clara, Ysidora, Nelson, Milagros
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