A loan of $4,775 helped a member new clothing for resale.

La Bendicion 2, 4 & 5 Group's story

Marta is the coordinator of her group "La Bendicion" 2, 4 & 5 (Blessing). She makes her home here in a simple house with her eight children and her long-time partner. She says that her most difficult challenge is to raise and provide for her family. She plans to continue enjoying being with her children.

Marta is excited to be taking out her 10th loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loan and expanded her business. She has had her business for over six years, starting after the first loan she received from Esperanza Internacional. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business by buying pants, shirts, underwear and shoes. She will use the profits to pay for a lot that she acquired.

This Esperanza associate began with us because she needed to start up a business; a group was formed in her community and she was invited. Her story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients generally (many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti). Her group is located in the rural area surrounding Hato Mayor, an agricultural area. This area, like nearly all impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic suffers from unreliable running water (none of which is potable) and unreliable electricity.

In this group: Marta, Marina, Juan, Ciliana, Luisa, Damaris, Mirella, Juliana, Margarita, Fernando, Celenia, Nicauris, Cludimex, Clairzina, Ivelice

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