A loan of $3,025 helped a member to buy an display case for her sweets production.

Unidas Venceremos Ii Group 1 & 2's story

Martira is the coordinator of her group "Unidas venceremos II" group 1 & 2 (Unite to win). She makes her home here in a simple structure with her husband and their two children. She says that her most difficult challenge is to live well. In the meantime she plans to continue enjoying watching television, especially Latin novels.

Martira is excited to be taking her 10th loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loan and grown her business. She has had her business for 2 years, though she has been selling clothing for more than 5 years, starting with the loans she received from Esperanza. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business to buy a display case to show her candies and also she needs to invest in clothes. She will use the profits to buy school supplies for her children and to save because she wants to buy land and build her home.

This Esperanza associate began with us because the loans are to do business, and her story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients (many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti) generally. Her group is located in Samana, a lush rugged peninsula 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 inconsistent electricity.

In this group: Martira, Ana, Basilio, Adriano, Paulina, Ecolastica, Yolanda, Martina, Anjelina, Miguel

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