A loan of $3,725 helped a member to repair a motorcycle and to purchase DVDs and chairs.

Sofonie De Derak Group's story

Judex is the coordinator of the Sofonie or Zephaniah group. He lives with his wife and son, Judson. He says that his moS.difficult challenge is finding capital to conduct business because the opportunity is present for those who desire to work.

Judex is excited to be taking his firS.loan with Esperanza after having heard so much about the great things other associates have been able to do with their loans. He plans to use this loan to inveS.in his two main business activities. He will use part of the loan to add to his savings to repair a motorcycle he had previously purchased. With the remaining portion he will inveS.in a homemade mini movie theater. He will buy extra chairs and purchase DVDs as well. He hopes to use the profits to expand his business, enabling him to be a better provider for his family.

This Esperanza associate’s story is representative of his group and of Esperanza's Haitian clients generally. His group is located in De Rak. This area, like nearly all impoverished areas of Haiti, suffers from unreliable running water (none of which is potable) and electricity.

In this group: Judex, Marcellus, Sonia, Yvone *, Yolene, Joel, Yolande , Harilia, Daniela, Chrismene, Franctilus, Josiane, Anioline, Efanise, Mimose, John, Marilene, Roselaine *, Adina, Francia, Mesac, Loramisantoine, Natacha, Gimene*
*not pictured

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