A loan of $2,675 helped a member to buy rice, beans, flour, meat, oil, etc.

Dios Bendice 1 & 2 Group's story

"Dios Bendice 1 & 2" (God Bless) is a group of ten women. Jesimena is the group representative. She is an old woman with five children. When you look at her, you can tell she has been through a lot in her life. She has lived in the same community for many years and, for her entire life, she has been living day to day without a steady income. She is excited to be doing something different and is ready to make a change and start to better her life. She hopes to help her children out of their poverty some day as well.

Jesimena plans to invest in her comedor and small restaurant in her batey (or neighborhood) by buying rice, beans, flour, oil, vegetables and meats. She cooks a daily lunch for different people in her community or employers and dreams of having a big restaurant in the nearest town. She will use her business profits to buy chairs and table, because she want to rebuild her local business.

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). Generally, her 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 electricity and running water (none of which is potable).

In this group: Jesimena, Lormina, Maria, Adela, Luzmaria*, Amarica, Inesse, Lucia, Gladis, Sonia
*not pictured

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