A loan of $2,300 helped a member to buy sausages, cheese, eggs, bread, etc.


Mujeres En Accion 4 & 5 Group's story

Ramona is a 23 year-old single mother of one child. Ramona operates a food stall where she sells breakfast and dinner. She prepares sandwiches, juices, and grilled sausages, and also sells candies and other snacks. She will use this loan to purchase sausages, cheese, eggs, bread, fruits, candies and other food. She hopes that she can save profits to invest later in her business and begin to study English, one of her dreams. She also wants to meet her most difficult challenge: legalizing her status in the Dominican Republic.

Ramona's home is in a village called a Batey, a small town surrounded by a sugar cane field. This one is located 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 badly, and houses are in poor shape. Bateyes typically lack potable water and any kind of reliable electricity. They also have few medical services.

Ramona is a member of the group, Mujeres en Accion (Women in Action), groups 4 & 5. Most of the members of the 7 other groups in her community are Haitian immigrants or part Dominicans. Ramona's story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients, many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti.

In this group: Ramona, Andresita, Mercedita, Daniela, Adimaine, Jona, Susana, Nieve, Beatriz, Yineta


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