A loan of $3,825 helped a member to buy shoes and clothes.


Jehova Jireh 1, 2 , 3 Group's story

Isabel is the coordinator of her group, Jehova Jireh 1, 2, 3. She makes her home in a simple structure in the rural area of Samana, a lush rugged peninsula with a nascent tourism industry. This area, like nearly all impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic, suffers from unreliable running water (none of which is potable) and electricity.

Isabel lives with her husband and a child. She has had her business for around 8 years, which she started after saving enough capital to open the business. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business by purchasing clothes (like pants, shirts, etc.) and shoes. She will use the profits to reinvest in her business, especially this Christmas season.

Isabel says that her most difficult challenges are to build her house and plan for better living conditions. In the meantime she plans to continue enjoying her work. 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: Isabel, Johanna, Elizabeth, Claudia, Maria*, Ana, Yakelsis, Maria, Juana*, Juliana, Felicia, Natalia, Daniel, Rosario*, Ydelsa
*not pictured


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