A loan of $2,150 helped a member to purchase flour, oil, meat, and vegetables.

La Nueva Union 1 & 2 Group's story

Maria is the group coordinator of her group, La Nueva Union 1 & 2 (the New Union), and her story is representative of both the members of her group and also of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients, many of whom recently emigrated from the DR to Haiti. Her group is based in the area surrounding La Romana, where the economy is based on the sugar cane industry and where there is little access to running water (none of which is potable) or stable electricity. Maria makes her home with her two children and long-term partner.

Maria has proven herself to be an excellent client of Esperanza and she has successfully repaid four loans. With this new loan, she will purchase flour, meat, oil, and other goods to produce empanadas, a meal of flour filled with meat or vegetables. She has identified a market for these goods among her neighbors and she believes the increased profits will allow her to invest more in her business and save some of the capital. She thanks you all for your support.

In this group: Maria, Ramona, Oselina, Cabbe, Maria, Flor, Samaria, Maribel, Enrique, Felipa

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