A loan of $3,500 helped a member to buy new and used clothing.

Canal De Bendicion 1 & 2 Group's story

Ana is a member of the “Canal de Bendición 1,2” group. Most of the group's members are Dominican-Haitians or emigrants from Haiti who live in 'bateyes' (company towns where sugar workers live) in the town of Romana, one of the Dominican Republic's tourist destinations which has a high scale of luxury. This is what the town's economy is based on, together with one of the biggest sugar factories. Ana's business is selling new and used clothing. She acquires her clothing in the flea markets of Santo Domingo or on the border with Haiti. Ana is married and has 4 children. She tells us that her biggest challenge is being able to provide her kids with a good eduction.

Ana is very excited to be receiving her first loan from Esperanza Internacional and will invest it in her business which she has had for around 7 years. She is planning to invest her loan in buying various items of new clothing and a packet of used clothing whose items she will then sell individually. She will use her profits to re-invest in her business. Her dream is to be able to expand her established business.

In this group: Ana, Selimena, Teresa, Soneida, Yaneta, Andremena, Daniela, Yeni, Mariluz, Lidia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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