A loan of $3,275 helped a member to buy shoes, clothes and cosmetics products to sell.

Cristo Y Nuestro Esfuerzo 1, 4, 8 Group's story

Junette is the coordinator of her group, Cristo y nuestro esfuerzo 1, 4, 8 (Christ and our effort). She makes her home here in a simple structure with her long term partner. She says that her most difficult challenge is saving enough money to buy a house. In the meantime she plans to continue enjoying her business.

Junette is excited to be taking her first loan with Esperanza. She has had her business for three years, starting with a loan she took from a friend. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business by buying shoes, clothes and cosmetics products to sell. She will save the profits, because through this business she wants to make her dreams come true, especially to have her own house.

This Esperanza associate began with us because she wants to improve her business and learn more about how to run a business. 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. Her group is located in the rural area 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 irregular electricity.

In this group: Junette, Marietta, Andrelene, Sonaida, Edline, Jesulene, Marie, Cristina, Miguelina, Dilenia, Antonia, Odette, Dieula, Elvi, Soisimene

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