A loan of $3,025 helped a member to buy clothing and bed cloths.

Bendiciones De Dios 1, 2, 3 Group's story

Sylvenia is the coordinator of the group 'Bendiciones D. Dios' 1, 2 & 3 (God Blessing), a group of Haitian immigrants living 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 that can't be counted on. She lives in a modest home with her husband and two children. She says that her most difficult challenge is the divorce process she is facing right now and the effect on their children. In the meantime, she plans to continue to enjoy doing business.

Sylvenia is excited to be taking out her seventh loan with Esperanza after having repaid her previous loan and grown her business. She has had her business for more than nine years, starting with her own resources when she was living in Haiti. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business by buying bed cloths, curtains, clothing, etc. Sylvenia will re-invest the profits in her business. She dreams of building her own house.

This Esperanza associate began with us because her business needed capital to grow, and her story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients generally, many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti.

In this group: Sylvenia, Silvia, Elivia, Simeon, Ibenson, Marianela, Marie, Elena*, Digna, Solenne, Magaly, Marianie, Tania, Marie, Florinda
*not pictured

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