A loan of $3,675 helped a member to buy miscellaneous products to sell.


Amor Y Esperanza 1, 2 Group's story

Elene is the coordinator of her group Amor y Esperanza 1, 2 (love and hope). She makes her home here in a simple structure with her long-term partner and their three children. She says that her dream is to have her own house.

Elene is excited to be taking her fourth loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loan and grown her business. She has had her business for amost 14 years, starting to sell products before she moved to the Dominican Republic. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business by buying different products like clothing, shoes, and cosmetics. She will also use future profits to reinvest in her business.

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: Elene, Abril, Jacinta, Devance, Idalia, Yolanda, Rosela, Siliene, Nairobis, Fidelina


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