A loan of $2,000 helped a member to buy shoes, silver jewelry and clothes.

Nuevo Porvenir 1 & 2 Group's story

Damaris is one of our businesswomen. She works selling miscellaneous products such as silver jewelry, clothes and shoes. She will use her loan to buy various items of jewelry such as bracelets, rings and earrings. She will also order some clothes and shoes. She makes her sales in her community which is a rural area surrounded by fields of sugarcane, near the town of San Pedro de Macorís where some of her customers live.

Damaris has 3 children who still live with her, together with their father. Her most important challenge is to ensure that her children have a good future and she works hard to achieve this. Damaris is receiving her third loan from Esperanza Internacional and, because her loan repayments have all been made punctually, she has been able to grow her business with the re-investment she makes from each loan. She started her business 2 years ago and at that time only sold clothes. She would like to save her profits so that she can pay for her children's university education and be able to provide them with a safe home as she also has plans to improve her house.

In this group: Damaris, Maridanes, Altagracia, Juan, Santa, Pedro, Ramona, Cruza, Carmen, Dina

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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