A loan of $2,925 helped a member to buy rice, sugar, oil and some canned products.

Cristo Viene 1, 2, 3, 4 Group's story

L. is the coordinator of his group Cristo Viene (Christ Comes) 1, 2, 3 and 4. He makes his home here in a simple structure with his long-term partner and three of his five children.

He enjoys doing business and is excited to be taking his first loan with Esperanza. He has had his business for seven years, starting with a candy and bread stall. He plans to use this loan to invest in his business to buy rice, flour and other foods. He operates a colmado, a place where you can find all the ingredients to make your daily food. Normally colmados are in neighborhoods within short walking distance from any home. He will use the profits to invest in his house and his business. His future plans are to progress and support his family.

This Esperanza associate began with us because he wants to improve his business and his story is representative of his group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients, many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti. His group is located in the rural areas 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 electricity.

In this group: Luis, Yanita, Angelita, Josette, Elvia, Yesenia, Felito*, Leonor*, Madelaine, Liguelenia, Raquel, Germaine, Geliana, Olfelina, Josefa*, Enise, Oguis, Fifa, Maria Teresa, Rafael*
*not pictured

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