A loan of $3,725 helped a member to buy rice, beans, flour, oil, vegetables, etc.


Activos De Santa Fe 1, 2 & 3 Group's story

Ana is the coordinator of her group Activos de Santa Fe 1, 2 & 3 (Active from Santa Fe) and Santa Fe is their community´s name. Ana makes her home here in a simple structure with her long term partner and 2 children. She says that her most difficult challenges are to settle in a foreign country and to fight with change. In the meantime, she plans to continue enjoying to eat.

Ana is excited to be taking her 4th loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loan and grown her business. She has had her business for 10 years, starting by selling clothes and shoes. She operates a colmado, a convenience store, in her neighborhood. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business by buying rice, flour and other foods. She will use the profits to invest in her business.

This Esperanza associate began with us because she needed capital for her business. 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 San Pedro de Macoris, a city famous for baseball players and sugar cane industries. The main economic activities are free trading zone and a cement factory. This area, like nearly all impoverished areas in the Dominican Republic, suffers from unreliable running water (none of which is potable) and electricity.

In this group: Ana, Jenny, Julienne, Aquiles*, Yvrose, Felicinda, Victor, Esperanza, Francisca, Marcia, Carmen, Melonie, Jolina, Veatris, Alfre
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