A loan of $3,925 helped a member to purchase supplies for nail salon.

Pensando En El Futuro 1-3 Group's story

This is a group of fifteen members called Pensando en el Futuro 1-3 (Thinking about the Future). All of the people in this group are trying to increase their small businesses and improve their lives. Sonia is the group representative. She is an extremely hard-working woman, with three children. She is a single mother. She is dedicated to her work because it enables her to support her family.

She has a small nail salon where she does artificial nails, manicures, and pedicures. Sonia is requesting her third loan, which she believes will really increase her income. She wants to reinvest almost all of her profits so that she can turn her small nail salon into a larger beauty salon. She dreams of having her own house and sending her children to college.

This Esperanza associate began with Esperanza as she was learning how to work with artificial nails and how to paint artistic designs on them. She needed capital to start her business. Her story is representative of her group and, generally, of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients (many of whom recently emigrated to the Dominican Republic from Haiti). Her group is located in Samana, a lush rugged peninsula with a growing tourism industry. This area, like nearly all impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic, suffers from unreliable running water (none of which is potable) and electricity.

In this group: Sonia, Benancia, Ana, Aurelina, Juan, Georgina, Yoselin, Rosagna, Javier, Carmen, Milagros, Petra, Milagros*, Angel, Jocelyn
*not pictured

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