A loan of $1,925 helped a member to buy meats.

El Buen Futuro 1 Group's story

Santa is the coordinator of her group, El Buen Futuro 1 (The Good Future). She makes her home here in a simple structure with her nine children, eight of whom live with her after she raised them as a single mom. She says that her most difficult challenge is to support her nine children. In the meantime she plans to continue enjoying taking care of her children.

Santa is excited to be taking out her 4th loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loan and grown her business. She has had her business for over eight years. Four months ago she changed and moved her business. She started with a small butcher shop in the public market of her community.

She plans to use this loan to invest in her butcher shop and food sales (fried pork) by buying different kinds of meats. She will use the profits to repair her house and save for her future. She wants to have a better home structure and live well and quietly with her family.

This Esperanza associate began with us because she wanted to invest in her business and her story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients generally (many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti). Her group is located in the rural area surrounding Hato Mayor, an agricultural area. This area, like nearly all impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic, suffers from unreliable electricity and running water (none of which is potable).

In this group: Santa, Eloisa, Modesto, Ramona, Lidia

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