A loan of $3,875 helped a member to buy chairs and tables.


Trabajando Hacia El Bienestar 1, 2 & 3 Group's story

Anselma is the coordinator of her group, Trabajando hacia el Bienestar 1, 2 & 3 (Working to the welfare). She makes her home here in a simple structure with her three children. She says that her most difficult challenge is to build her house as she is living in bad conditions right now. Anselma is excited to be taking her second loan with Kiva partner, Esperanza, after having successfully repaid her previous loan and grown her business. She has had her business for a year and a half, and she started it by making breakfasts with a loan she took from another company. She plans to use her new loan to invest in her business by buying chairs and tables for her comedor, where she sells breakfast, lunch and dinner. (A comedor is a small restaurant located in a non-commercial area or neighborhood, where people come for lunch or dinner. They are served homemaD. food for a cheaper price than in a restaurant or cafeteria.) Anselma will use her profits to buy a bed and a television. She plans to have a good, successful business because she wants to see her wishes come true and her business is her only hope. This Esperanza associate began with us because "I have a business and I need to make my business sustainable". Her story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients generally (many of whom recently emigrated to the Dominican Republic from Haiti). Her group is located in Samana, a lush, rugged peninsuL. 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: Anselma, Luz, Maria, Ana, Luiz, Yomary, Juan, Santo, Ramona, Zeneida, Marcos, Ligia, Ana*, Rosa, Maria
*not pictured


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