A loan of $2,425 helped a member to buy 2 bags of rice, oil and canned products.

Luchando Con Esperanza 1 & 2 Group's story

Yesenia is a member of the group Luchando con Esperanza 1&2 (Fighting with Hope 1&2), located in the town of Puerto Plata, whose economy depends on the rum industry, on tourism and on the real estate sector. This has been the first touristic destination of the Dominican Republic, and one of the towns with the best sugar production; as it is in many other towns, it suffers from a shortage of drinkable water and electricity, and its population is composed of Dominicans and of Haitian immigrants. Yesenia currently runs a cafeteria, where she also sells ingredients to prepare daily meals. Yesenia is married, and her family is composed of her husband, their 3 children and herself. She told us that her most difficult task or has been the facing the global economic crisis. She enjoys watching a ball game (baseball) very much.
Yesenia is very thrilled to receive this second loan by Esperanza Internacional, after having been invited to form a Bank of Hope in her community. She is planning to invest this loan in the purchase of two bags of rice, oil, canned products, etcetera. She plans to use her earnings to reinvest in her activity and in savings. She dreams of owning a food store.

In this group: Yesenia, Yania, Miladys, Maria, Dilania, Yerdy, Maria, Patria, Catalina, Yani

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emanuela Villa

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