A loan of $3,300 helped a member to increase her stock of clothes for sale.

Con Dios Adelante 1 & 2 Group's story

Marie is the coordinator of her group, Con Dios Adelante 1 & 2 (Forward with God). She lives in a modest home with her two children. She says that her most difficult challenge was when she became a widow. She enjoys attending church and worshiping God and plans to continue to do so in the future.

Marie is excited to be taking her third loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loan and grown her business. She has had her business for five years, starting when she first decided to sell clothes and bought a bag of used clothing. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business by buying more clothes. She will use the profits to invest in her business and to respond to her household's needs.

This Esperanza associate set out with us because she wanted to start a business and 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 in the rural areas surrounding La Romana, where the sugarcane harvest and the 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: Marie, Xiomara, Maria, Cavilia, Oly, Maria, Nana, Logamena, Ana, Silvana
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