A loan of $3,300 helped a member to buy vegetables, rice and other goods.


Mujeres En Accion 1 & 2 Group's story

Adelsy is a single mother with four children. She shares her home with her father, in a house made of cement block, in a village structured as a Batey, a small town surrounded by sugar cane fields, in San Pedro. Bateyes are poor rural communities built by sugar companies to house their field workers. Over time, conditions in these communities have deteriorated heavily and houses are in poor shape. Bateyes typically lack potable water, any kind of reliable electricity and sufficient medical services.

Adelsy is the coordinator for her group, Mujeres en Accion (Women in Action), groups 1 & 2 of around 7 other groups in her community. Most of the members of these groups are Haitians immigrants or part Dominicans, and Adelsy's story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican (many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti) clients generally.

Adelsy operates a comedor (a small neighborhood restaurant), where she cooks lunch, with sugar cane workers as her main customers. She will invest this loan to buy vegetables, rice, oil, and other goods to prepare the lunches. She hopes that with profits from her business she can eventually purchase her own home. Adelsy also looks forward to continuing to develop her business which allows her to support her children and raise them with good health and education.

In this group: Adelsy, Janeta, Annada, Juliene, Eliana*, Elena*, Yesia, Ana, Mimose, Elude
*not pictured


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