A loan of $2,675 helped a member to purchase beauty products, cosmetics, rice, sugar, etc.

Mujeres De Debora 1 & 2 Group's story

MatilD. is one of the members of the group Mujeres D. Debora 1 and 2, located in the city of Puerto Plata whose population is maD. up of Dominicans and Haitian migrants . The region's economy is dependent on the rum industry as well as tourism and real estate. It was the first tourist destination in the Dominican Republic and is one of the biggest sugar producers. There is also a shortage of drinking water and electricity.

MatilD. earns a living selling cosmetics and running a small grocery store. She raised 5 children while working to cover their necessary expenses. Currently, she is single and she tells us that her most difficult challenge is finding a partner with whom she can share her life as her children are now independent and she lives alone. She enjoys cooking and having her children and grandchildren home.

After having satisfactorily paid off her first loan, which helped her business to grow, MatilD. is very excited to receive her second loan through Esperanza Internacional . She has been selling cosmetics for 10 years now and, little by little, was able to save enough to start her grocery store. With this loan she is planning to buy beauty products, cosmetics, rice sugar, etc. She also plans to use the income to finish construction on her house. Her dream is to have a house in the country and raise animals and have a beautiful flower and rose garden.

In this group: Matilde, Wendy, Juana, Rafaelina, Maria, Gertrudis, Urbely, Maria, Yolanda*, Felicita
*not pictured

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