A loan of $2,550 helped a member to buy bacon and pork.

Grupo Brisas 1 & 2 Group's story

Francisca belongs to the “Grupo Brisas 1 & 2” (Breezes 1 & 2 Group). The group is comprised of ten members. Each one of them works day to day at their business activities . They do this in an area with scant resources in the city of Santo Domingo. The group is located to the north of the city. The members work in established businesses in their own homes and or other places or in an itinerant manner. They mostly sell clothes, footwear, accessories, cosmetics, food, and other miscellaneous products.

Francisca’s family is maD. up of her three children and their parents. They live in a rented home, which is a simple structure maD. of wood. This mother has been very dedicated to her work. She does this to help her children be able to get ahead, become professions, get an education, and form their own families. Her most difficult challenge has been always working to bring in extra income for her family.

Francisa’s business is selling bacon and pork. She prepares the meat in order to sell for a better price and to be able to save more. She has been engaged in this business activity for two years. She tells us that she started thanks to motivation from some friends and some money that she was able to get together with her husband. Then she was able to apply for loans from Esperanza, and she was able to invest. Francisca has now had three loans with Esperanza Internacional. She is very grateful because she has been able to move forward, and she has been able to invest in her business. She will use this new loan to buy several pounds of bacon and pork.

Her story is being used to represent the other members of her group. Her story also represents Esperanza’s other clients, the Haitians (most of whom have immigrated to the Dominican Republic from Haiti, some of them recently) as much as the Dominicans. They generally live in very poor communities. This zone, like a lot of other zones with scarce resources in the Dominican Republic, lacks potable water and steady electricity.

In this group: Francisca, Tomasa, Lucrecia, Yocasta, Leonida, Lucrecia, Victoria, Leondrina, Julia, Felipa

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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