A loan of $1,550 helped a member purchase chicken, plantains, oil, charcoal, and a pot for cooking.

Mujeres De Suenos Y Metas 2 Group's story

Cipriana is the coordinator for the group “Mujeres de Sueños y Metas 2” (Women with Dreams and Goals 2). Her family consists of her four children and her partner who is the father of her children. They live in Santo Domingo in one of the poorest communities located north of the city. This community is in a rural area.

Cipriana is extremely excited about receiving her fourth loan from Esperanza International. She manages a fast food business from a stand in front of her house. Her specialty is fried food. She plans to invest her new loan in the purchase of supplies such as chicken, plantains, oil, charcoal, and a pot for cooking. Her earnings are being saved for the future so that she can open a small restaurant in her community, otherwise known as a “comedor” in the Dominican Republic. This is one of her dreams along with having a nice house where she can rest and live securely.

The group started with Esperanza because of the flexible payments and low interest rate. Cipriana’s story is representative of the other members of her group and clients of Esperanza. They are Haitians (most of whom have emigrated to the Dominican Republic from Haiti, some just recently) and Dominicans who live in poor communities that lack potable water and reliable electricity.

In this group: Cipriana, Lidia, Paulina, Anatalia, Leonor

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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