A loan of $2,800 helped a member to buy shoes.

Idekel 1 & 2 Group's story

Gloria is a member of the 'Idekel 1 & 2” group. The name is taken from the Bible since this is a group with a Christian base. Every day, each member of the group carries out their business activities in the town of Los Alcarrizos. Some have their own businesses established in their own homes and / or premises, while others do not sell from a fixed location. Most of the group's members sell clothes, shoes, accessories, cosmetics, food and other miscellaneous products.

Gloria's family consists of her two children and her husband. Her children go to school. Gloria works for her family and plans a better future where her children can complete their higher education and her business can prosper and become a family business.

Gloria's business is selling shoes and she has been in the business for around 4 years. She started out selling shoes from a catalog. This is Gloria's 6th loan from Esperanza Internacional and she feels very grateful because her previous loans have enabled her to make progress and invest in her business. She will invest this new loan in buying women's shoes in different styles, colors and sizes.

Gloria's story is representative of the other members of her group and Esperanza's clients in general, both the Haitians (who mainly emigrated to the Dominican Republic from Haiti, some of them recently) and the Dominicans. They generally live in very poor communities. This area, like many other poor areas in the Dominican Republic, lacks a reliable supply of drinking water and electricity.

In this group: Gloria, Felicita, Maria, Yenny, Martha*, Lidia, Jesula, Teofina, Mirtha, Melania
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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