A loan of $1,325 helped a member to buy jewelry and shoes.

Mujeres Poderosas 3 Group's story

Ysabel is the coordinator of the 'Mujeres Poderosas 3' (Powerful Women 3) group. Each of the group's members carries out her own business activity every day in the city of Puerto Plata. This is a city whose main businesses are tourism and a rum factory. The property sector is also strong in this city. These are the main sources of work. The ladies in this group mainly sell jewelry, clothes, shoes, accessories, cosmetics, food and other miscellaneous products.

Ysabel's family is made up of herself, her husband and her son. As a mother, she tells us that her greatest difficulty is going out to work and having to leave her son at home alone without her attention. For this reason, she works in her own business which allows her to spend more time at home looking after her son. Ysabel's favorite activity is going to church and sharing with her fellow group members.

Ysabel runs a business selling shoes and jewelry. She saw the need for someone to sell gold jewelry in her community and other nearby communities and she started selling these products gradually. After having received five loans from Esperanza she is now able to sell shoes as well. Ysabel will invest this loan in both lines of products, devoting 50% of her loan to each. She would like to have a stable business, with her own premises, and for it to be sustainable. One of her future plans is to build these premises as well as her own home. Thank you for everything.

In this group: Ysabel, Luz, Guarely, Yuridia, Yraida

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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