A loan of $2,050 helped a member buy products to resell.


Mujeres Intelegentes 1 & 2 Group's story

Marie is a member of the Mujeres Inteligente 2 & 3 group, the majority of whom are Haitian citizens who make a living buying and selling various products. Some members only emigrated recently while others--Marie, for example--emigrated several years ago. They live in a neighborhood of Puerto Plata, a city with an economy that depends on real estate, the country's largest rum factory and the tourist trade (which has taken a beating recently as other tourist areas have become more attractive). Marie is a single mother with 7 children, 4 of whom still live with her. She tells us that the greatest danger or challenge for her has been to survive in a strange country because of racism and the other barriers that she faces as an illegal immigrant from another country. Her favorite activity is going to church to praise the Lord and read the Bible.

Marie is excited to get this second loan from Esperanza Internacional. She met the terms for the first loan and has made great strides in growing her business. She has operated the business for around 10 years. She started with a small loan from a friend and bought merchandise to resell. She plans to use the new loan to buy rice, cooking oil, sugar and fruit juices. The business is called a "colmado", a small store that stocks everyday items. Marie plans to use her earnings to complete the process of applying for residency in the Dominican Republic. She hopes to be able to return to Haiti to visit her family and help provide for them.

In this group: Marie, Edeline, Victor, Alamene, Francesse, Marie, Jinette, Milianise, Lina, Eveline
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman


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