A loan of $3,700 helped a member to buy rice, beans, sugar, flour, oil, etc.


La Reforma 1 & 2 Group's story

Alexandra is the coordinator of her group named La Reforma 1 & 2 (Reform). She has a long term partner, four children and lives in San Pedro de Macoris, a city famous for baseball players and sugar cane industries. The main economic activity here is the free trading zone, a cement factory, and other businesses. This area, like nearly all impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic, suffers from unreliable running water (none of which is potable) and electricity.

For around seven years Alexandra has operated a colmado, a shop where you can find basic food staples. Colmados are within short walking distances from neighborhood homes. She started her business with a loan she receive from a friend. She plans to use this loan to buy rice, flour and other foods. She will use the profits to reinvest in her business, like her other eight loans. She wants to work. She says, "now I have the strength to work harder. For my future, I want to have a better life, to live tranquil and safe.

Alexandra says that her biggest goal is to have her own house. In the meantime, she plans to continue enjoying to survive and to serve with her business. Her story is generally representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients, many of whom recently emigrated to the Dominican Republic from Haiti.

In this group: Alexandra, Maria, Filomena, Elicia, Anita, Ana, Martha*, Maria, Agustin, Andrea
*not pictured


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