A loan of $2,900 helped a member to buy rice, beans, sugar, oil, etc.


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

Marcelo is the coordinator of his group, La fuerza de Cristo 1, 2, & 3 (The strenght of Christ). He makes his home in a simple structure with his wife and a child. He says that his most difficult challenge have been to develop his business.

Marcelo is excited to be taking his third loan with Esperanza, having successfully repaid his previous loans and grown his business. He has had his business for 5 years. He plans to use this loan to invest in his business to buy rice, flour and other foods. He will use the profits to buy a vehicle that he needs to transport the goods to his business.

Marcelo's story is representative of his group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican (many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti) clients generally. 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: Marcelo, Ana, Ana, Josefa, Mercedes*, Ruben, Anna, Silvana, Yanilda, Elena, Amelia, Ninina*, Mimosa, Antonia, Mirtha
*not pictured


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