A loan of $4,775 helped a member to buy an oven.

Trabajando Para El Manana 1, 2 & 3 Group's story

Bibiana is the coordinator of her group "Trabajando para el Manana" 1, 2 & 3 (Working for tomorrow). She makes her home here in a simple structure with her long-term partner and their four children. She says that her biggest challenge is to help her children to become a professionals.

Bibiana is excited to be taking her third loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loan and grown her business. She has had her business for almost 2 years, starting to work out of her house after her partner in love gave her money to start her business. She plans to use this loan to buy an oven, as she operates a "empanada" sales business. Empanada is a round of flour filled with meat or vegetables and fried, a popular snack or food.

Her story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients, many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti. Her group is located in the urban slums surrounding Samana. This area, like nearly all impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic, suffers from unreliable electricity and running water, none of which is potable.

In this group: Bibiana, Rafaela, Basilia, Eugenia, Denia, Gervacia, Maricela*, Antonia, Laureano, Patricia, Beata, Regina*, Fidelio*, Beatriz, Patricia
*not pictured

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