A loan of $1,200 helped a member to buy hair products and a blower.


Mujeres En Accion 7 Group's story

Juana is the coordinator of her group Mujeres en accion 7 (Women in action). She makes her home here in a simple structure with her husband and their only child. She says that her biggest challenge is to help her daughter to become a professional. Juana is excited to be taking her third loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loan and grown her business. She has had her business for almost 16 years, starting to work from her house after a cousin motivated her to buy a hair dryer. She started her beauty salon in her living room; she decided to do it and little by little, she bought everything. She plans to use this loan to invest in her beauty salon by buying hair and cosmetic products. She also wants to buy a professional blower. She will use the profits to reinvest in her business and to save for her daughter's studies. 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: Juana, Rosa, Ruch, Gisel, Elida
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