A loan of $3,425 helped a member to buy books, seats, etc.

Luz De La Esperanza 1 Y 2 Group's story

Manuela is one of the members of Grupo Luz de la Esperanza 1 & 2. They are micro-businesses dedicated to selling clothing, natural products, shoes, education, etc. in the city of San Pedro de Macoris, a city famous for soccer players and for the sugar refinery business. The city’s economy is currently dependent on the “Free Zone”, the cement industry, and to some degree other industries such as tourism. Manuela dedicates herself to education and has a small school in her community. She is receiving her second loan, which she will use to invest in books and seats. She also needs to invest in school supplies and make some changes and repairs.

Manuela will use her profits to continue investing in her business, since there is a lot she needs to achieve in order to improve the school. However, she tells us that thanks to the loans that her business is going to keep growing. Her most difficult challenge is to educate and raise her children since they have to study and work at the same time. Her dream is to be able to offer the best education for her community and at the same time to be able to contribute to the community.

In this group: Manuela, Maribel, Santa, Petronila, Dario, Eladio, Lissete, Maria, Yafreisi, Tomasina

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Anne Rodriguez

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