A loan of $2,875 helped a member to buy vegetables and fruits.

Divina Misericordia 3 & 4 Group's story

Quelsi is the coordinator of her group Divina Misericordia 3 & 4, (Divine Mercy). She lives in a simple structure with her long-term partner and their four children. She said her most difficult challenge is to finish building her house. Quelsi is excited about her fourth loan with Esperanza. She has had her business for approximately two years, starting with her first loan. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business by buying vegetables and fruits. She will use the profits to buy a freezer and build a bathroom for her house. She hopes to see her children become professionals.

This Esperanza associate story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican (many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti) clients. Her group is located in Santiago, an area known for tobacco and beef production. Santiago is the second biggest city in the Dominican Republic. 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: Quelsi, Jairol, Jacqueline, Jossy, Elizabeth, Carmen, Violeta, Matilde, Teresa, Lucilo

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