A loan of $2,075 helped a member to buy new and secondhand clothing.

Mujeres Luchadoras 3 & 4 Group's story

Francia is the coordinator of her group Mujeres Luchadoras (Fighting Women) 3 & 4. She makes her home here in a simple structure with her long term partner and four children. She says that her most difficult challenge is to raise her children in a safe environment. In the meantime she plans to continue to enjoy dancing.

Francia buys and sells new and used clothing. She has been in business for three years, starting with some money she received from previous employment. She is excited to be taking out her second loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid her prior loan and grown her business. She plans to use this loan to invest further in her business. She will use the profits to increase her sales and to make her business grow. She also wants to save so she can study law, have a store and guide her children into professional lives.

This associate began working with Esperanza because she needed 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 San Pedro de Macoris, a city famous for its baseball players and sugar cane industry. The town’s main economic activity revolves around a free trade zone, a cement factory, and other businesses. 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: Francia, Leona, Julienne, Ana, Venancia, Lourdes, Marina, Ertrenie, Maria, Eladio

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