A loan of $2,250 helped a member to buy goods for breakfast.

Firmes Y Bendecidos 1, 2 & 3 Group's story

Lolita is the coordinator of her group, Firmes y Bendecidos 1, 2 & 3 (strong and blessed). The 15 members are all Haitian citizens or descendants from Haitians who emigrated from Haiti. Her story is representative of both her group and Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients in general. Her group is located in the rural area of El Seybo, surrounded by sugar cane fields, where running water (none of which is potable) and electricity are unreliable. She makes her home here in a simple structure with her long-term partner and they have two adult children.

Lolita is excited to be seeking her seventh loan with Esperanza, being part of Esperanza Microfinance program in El Seybo since 2007. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business. She operates a breakfast sales business from her home. She sells breakfast like bread, cafe, tea, sausages, plantains, etc. She will use the profits to continue improving her business while saving part of it to visit or send to her family in Haiti, when they have any needs. Her most difficult challenge is to come back to Haiti and live a safe and comfortable life.

The photos were taken separately, one with five members and the other one with ten, just to have more focus on the faces. Lolita thanks all of you for your support.

In this group: Lolita, Dienona, Yanis, Deisi, Vittalio, Uala, Cecilia, Elita, Rosalite, Esemereida, Dieumene, Elizabeth, Carlos, Ana, Romita

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