A loan of $1,700 helped a member to buy clothing and goods for sale.

Luz De Bendicion 1 & 2 Group's story

Islen, 30, is a borrower who lives in La Romana, Dominican Republic. She is the coordinator for her group, Luz de Bendicion (Light of Blessing) 1 & 2, and her story is representative of those in her group and other Dominican and Haitian borrowers at Esperanza International.

Islen is a mother of two children, she runs a little food store and clothings sales from her home in the rural areas surrounding La Romana, where the sugarcane harvest and tourist industry dominates the economy. Those living in the Dominican Republic have no access to running potable water, and electricity and healthcare are unreliable at best. Despite these difficulties, Islen is taking out this loan, her third with Esperanza International, in hopes of continue improving her life and the lives of her family, also compound with her long term partner.

Specifically, Islen will be using this loan to purchase a variety of clothes, for kids, and women especially; and to buy goods for her small food stall. She hopes to make something of herself through her work while giving “a future to her children so they can become useful to society”. Mabel has high hopes for her businesses, and with this program, because she will be able to improve her kind of living. Thank you for lending to Islen and the Luz de Bendicion group!

In this group: Islen, Onide, Merianne, Yuslene, Flor, Benencia*, Maxina, Yose*, Marie, Marie

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