A loan of $2,950 helped a member to buy shoes, clothes and cosmetics to sell.

Cristo La Fuente 1, 2, 3 Group's story

Graciela is the coordinator of her group Cristo la Fuente 1, 2, 3 (Christ the Source). She makes her home in a simple structure with her long-term partner and their 4 children. She says that her most difficult challenge is saving enough money to buy a house and to return to Haiti. In the meantime she plans to continue to enjoy attending the church.

Graciela is excited to be taking her fourth loan with Esperanza. She has had her business for 7 years, which was started with a loan from a family living here before her in the Dominican Republic. 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 – to have her own house and to move back to Haiti.

Graciela's association with Esperanza began 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: Graciela, Eliana, Disiana, Mourancy, Vie, Annete, Anny, Elma, Dominga, Nadela, Dania, Milca, Mimosa, Yrene, Clodeta

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