A loan of $3,600 helped a member to buy underwear.

Pasos Firme 1, 2 & 3 Group's story

Ruth is one of the members of Pasos Firme 1 2 & 3 (Firm Steps) groups. She makes her home here in a simple structure with her long-term partner and their 3 children.

Ruth is excited to be taking her first loan with Esperanza. She has had her business for around 3 years, starting with a capital her partner in love gave her to make a business. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business by purchasing underwear for men and women. She will use the profits to invest in her business and to add more products to his business.

Ruth'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, her group is located in the rural area surrounding El Seibo, an agricultural area,. This area, like nearly all impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic suffers from unreliable running water (none of which is potable) and electricity.

Notes: The two women in the small photo at the bottom are part of the group, they are completing the fifteen members. At the moment of the group photo, they were organizing the repayments schedule.

In this group: Ruth, Taiana, Maria, Maria, Jiliena, Marta, Rosita, Angela, Ana, Luisa, Andrina, Jacquelin, Matilde, Laurette, Natacha
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