A loan of $4,850 helped a member to buy natural medicine and ingredients for making candies.

Africa Romano 1, 2, 3 Group's story

Brigida is the coordinator of her group Africa Romano 1, 2 & 3 (Roman Africa). She makes her home here in a simple structure with her long-term partner. She says that her most difficult challenge is to produce better candies to increase her customer base. In the meantime, she plans to continue enjoying to cook.

Brigida is excited to be taking her seventh loan with Esperanza, after having successfully repaid her previous loans and grown her business. Her business, which she started more than 10 years ago with some savings, is making candies. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business by buying natural medicine to sell at home and to continue producing candies. To do this, she needs to buy milk, sugar, vanilla, coconut and other goods. She will use the profits to buy more natural medicine. Her dream is to build her own house with concrete block and a roof.

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 clients, many of whom recently emigrated to the Dominican Republic from Haiti. Her group is located in the rural area surrounding El Seibo, an agricultural area. This area, like nearly all impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic, suffers from unreliable running water, none of which is potable, and unreliable electricity.

In this group: Brigida, Nelly, Basilia, Eriberto, Brasilia, Paula, Vicenta, America, Dania, Carmen, Genara, Luis, Ana, Elida, Hilaria

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