A loan of $3,250 helped a member to buy clothes and jewelry.

Mujeres Poderosa 1 & 2 Group's story

Ana is the coordinator of her group "Mujeres Poderosas 1 & 2" ("Powerful Women 1 & 2"). She makes her home in a simple structure together with her family and her son. She says that her most difficult challenge is to establish her home by herself. In the meantime, she plans to continue to enjoy spending time with her only son.

Ana plans to use this loan to invest in her jewelry business, by buying rings, bracelets, chains and other accessories. She will also buy clothes. She will use the profits to invest in her business and she dreams of improving it and being able to build her house and buy some furniture. She has had five loans and she is excited to have this new loan and give one step forward to her business improvement.

Ana's 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 Puerto Plata, a port town on the north coast where the economy is based on tourism. This area, like nearly all impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic, suffers from unreliable running water (none of which is potable) and electricity.

In this group: Ana, Margarita, Sara, Vitalina, Victoria, Ana, Edilsa, Olga, Jenny, Yessenia

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