A loan of $2,625 helped a member to buy hair and cosmetics products.

Unidos Para Vencer 1, 2 Group's story

Dominica is the coordinator of her group, Unidos para Vencer 1 & 2 (Unite to Win Group). She makes her home here in a simple structure with her long-term partner and three children. She enjoys doing beauty salon work, and that why she operates a salon. This is her passion.

Dominica is excited to be taking her second loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loan and grown her business. She has had her business for ten years. She was starting to use her savings to buy equipment until she got her first loan. She plans to use this new loan to invest in her business by buying seven packs of hair and cosmetics products. She will use the profits to reinvest in her business and she is dreaming of having her own "ranchito" or little house. She says that her most difficult challenges are to settle her business and get better at managing to do everything she needs to do.

Her story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients (many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti). Her group is located in the urban slums surrounding Santo Domingo. This area, like nearly all impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic, suffers from unreliable electricity and running water (none of which is potable).

In this group: Dominica, Maria, Reina, Soranyi, Venecia, Sarah, Ydenise, Eltha, Louis, Fabia

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