A loan of $1,575 helped a member to buy clothing.

La Reforma 3 Group's story

Catalina is the coordinator of her group named La Reforma 3 (Reform). She has a long term partner and is a mother with 7 children, all living with her in a simple structure home, in a rural villa of 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.

Catalina has been operating clothing sales for aproximately 10 years. She saved a small amount of capital and started her business. She plans to use this loan to buy jeans, shirts, underwear and other clothing pieces for both men and women. She will use the profits to reinvest in her business, like her other eight loans. She wants to have a successful business with employees. This is currently her most difficult challenge and her goal. By making her business more successful, she will have the opportunity to have a better life and to help others.

In the meantime, she plans to continue enjoying to read and watch television. 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: Catalina, Solanger, Altagracia, Carmen, Berta

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