A loan of $4,125 helped a member to buy footwear.

Mujeres En Esperanza 1, 2 & 5 Group's story

Raysa (standing in the blue blouse), just 23 years old, is a young businesswoman. Her family is comprised of her parents and some of her siblings. Her own house is built as a simple structure with a zinc roof and block walls. Her plans are to continue putting forth great effort while she works. She wishes to finish her university studies. That way she will be able to start a family and help her parents with their necessities.

Raysa sells new footwear. Purchases are wholesale and by catalog. She has been in different businesses for several years. She has been selling shoes for one year. She used her first loan from Esperanza to invest in her business. She is currently receiving her second loan. She is very grateful for the loans because she has been able to advance and invest in her business. She will use her new loan to buy merchandise wholesale.

Raysa belongs to the Mujeres en Esperanza (Hopeful Women) 1, 2, & 5 Group. The group is comprised of 15 members. Each one of them works day to day in their business activities in Santo Domingo. It is one of the communities with scant resources located to the north of the city.

Her story 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: Raysa, Nataile, Josefa, Antonia, Petronila, Rosa, Miana, Dinorah, Luisa, Juana, Justa, Carmen, Lidia, Mercedes, Celeste

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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