A loan of $1,275 helped a member to buy shirts, jeans, t-shirts and other items.

Mujeres Luchadoras 1 Group's story

Maricela´s story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican (many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti) clients generally. Even her parents were Haitians. She was born in the Dominican Republic in a very rural community surrounded with sugarcane fields. Her group is located in San Pedro de Macoris, a city famous for baseball players and sugar cane industries. The main economic activities are a free trading zone, a cement factory, and others. This area, like nearly all impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic, suffers from unreliable running water (none of which is potable) and electricity.

Maricela is the coordinator of her group, Mujeres Luchadoras 1 (Fighting Women). She makes her home in a simple structure with her long-term partner and six children. She says that her most difficult challenge is to build a house. Now she pays rent. She operates a miscellaneous product store (general store).

Maricela is excited to take out her fourth loan through Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loan to help grow her business. She has been in business for almost 16 years. Maricela plans to use this loan to buy clothes like pants and t-shirts, cosmetics, shoes, and especially women's apparel.

She will use her profits to save for her future home. She is working hard to build a safe house and hopefully make her dream come true. Maricela wants to have a store and pay her loans back.

In this group: Maricela, Manuel, Reneze, Ismela, Edlina

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