A loan of $1,425 helped a member to buy flour, oil, butter, etc.


Fe Y Amor 2 Group's story

Louise is the coordinator of her group Fe y Amor 2 (Love and Faith 2), a group of Haitian emigrants. She is a divorced mom and makes her home here in a simple structure with a child. She says that her most difficult challenges are to work hard and return to Haiti, where her family lives. In the meantime, she plans to continue enjoying attending church and sharing with friends.

Louise is excited to be taking her 6th loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loan and expanded her business. She has been operating her business for more than 5 years, starting with some savings. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business by buying flour, butter, oil, charcoal and other items. She will use the profits to save and plan her future, while she dreams to return to Haiti.

This Esperanza associate began with us because of the opportunity to get loans, even as a foreigner. Her story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican (many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti) clients generally. Her group is located in the rural areas surrounding La Romana, where the sugarcane harvest and tourist industry dominate the economy. 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: Louise, Enelcida, Edith, Alicia, Milagros
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