A loan of $675 helped a member to buy meat, flour, plantains, oil, potatoes, etc.

Progreso Hacia Adelante 2 Group's story

Altagracia is a member of the “Progreso Hacia Adelante 2” (Progress Forward 2) group which includes four women and one man who are micro entrepreneurs in the city of San Pedro D. Macoris, a city in eastern Dominican Republic, surrounded by sugar cane fields and the Caribbean Sea. Her community, like many others, lacks potable water, reliable electric power and adequate public transportation access.

Altagracia, 59, spends days fiercely dedicated to her business from very early in the morning on when she goes out to make the purchases her business requires because it’s a food stand, specifically fast, fried food, a popular dinner option in the rural low-income neighborhoods and communities. It’s called Fritura and she sells all kinds of food like, chicken, beef, plantain, turnovers (meat, vegetables or cheese covered by two deep fried dough crusts), among other dishes, especially of local consumption. She plans to use the loan to buy ingredients or foods already mentioned.

She is currently single and she tells us that she loves working and serving others. Her great challenge is to have a tranquil and secure old age so that she can rest. She expresses her own and her group’s gratituD. to everyone for their support. Thank you.

In this group: Altagracia, Maria, Dilsia, Yohany, Antonio

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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