A loan of $1,375 helped a member buy school supplies and products for the cafeteria.

Creciendo Hacia El Futuro 3 Group's story

Petronila is one of the members of the group Creciendo hacia el Futuro (Growing toward the Future). They are micro-business people who work in the sale of clothing, natural products, shoes, etc., and in education in the city of San Pedro de Macoris, a city famous for its ball players and for its sugar industry. Its present economy depends on the free-trade zone, the cement industry, and other lesser activities such as tourism. This member of Esperanza International is the mother of two children and began working with Esperanza International because she had the dream of having a little school in her community. She began the school with her first loan. Now it is four years later and she is receiving her tenth loan. For each loan she has made her payments in a satisfactory manner and she has made good investments. Through her business (the school) she makes a good contribution to the community, since she offers a good private education at a low monthly cost.

Petronila is planning to invest her new loan in the purchase of children's school supplies and products for the school cafeteria. She will use her earnings to invest in her business, buying fans and doing more advertising, although now she has fewer students because of the economic problems of their parents. Her greatest challenge is being able to pay her employees, since at this time the school has less income. Her dream is to have more students and a better school with more teachers, and when she achieves this she will be able to help the most needy families -- at the least, she wants to help them in their education.

In this group: Petronila, Eulogio, Gladys, Irene, Luis
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry

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